Why the cross? God’s at-one-ment with humanity
Some questions won't go away. The creed says Jesus was crucified "for us," but what do those two little words mean?
Our fall books issue includes annotated lists of top titles on the book of Job, atonement and children's ministry.
An annotated list of top titles on atonement.
Preaching the Atonement
How does Jesus save?
Looking back to history to find yet another approach to atonement will not solve the problem, but a reconsideration of the physical or mystical theory of how Christ saves us might contribute to more fruitful and civil conversation.
God does not demand blood: The cross and divine charity
Holy irony: Matthew 26:14–27:66
At one end of Matthew, Jesus goes free. At the other, cruel, ritualized slaughter befalls him.
Film favorites of '07: Lars tops the list
Why the cross?
Violence undone: James Alison on Jesus as forgiving victim
Imagine someone who, because he is not driven by fear of death, is able to undergo an absolutely typical lynching at human hands and to do so deliberately—showing that death, rather than being definitive and powerful, is no more than a frightening mirage. Christ calls the bluff of the lynching, enabling humans to be less driven by fear and a desire for revenge.
Visible victim: Christ's death to end sacrifice
Why does Jesus's death matter?