Category Archives: Herbert McCabe & Friends

“The story of Jesus is the projection of the trinitarian life of God on the rubbish dump that we have made of the world”

I want to argue that the doctrine of the incarnation is such that the story of Jesus is not just the story of God’s involvement with his creatures but that it is actually the ‘story’ of God. There is one … Continue reading

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Resurrection Prolegomena

We are in the midst of Paschaltide; and our thoughts are focused on the resurrection of Jesus Christ and its implications for the Church, the cosmos, and our personal lives. Last week I summarized the reflections of the fine British … Continue reading

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How “physical” is the risen body of Jesus?

In his account of the first resurrection appearance to the disciples in Jerusalem, St Luke reports: “But they were startled and frightened, and supposed that they saw a spirit” (24:37). Jesus calms their fears by showing them his hands and … Continue reading

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Paschal Mystery: The Victory of the Cross and the Hiddenness of Easter

We need to be careful, Herbert McCabe warns, not to think of Easter as annulling the cross, as if all is now bliss because “the deus ex machina has given us a happy ending after all” (God, Christ and Us, p. … Continue reading

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If atonement ain’t penal, why the cross?

The theory of penal substitutionary atonement provides a clear, simple-to-understand explanation of the events of Holy Week. On the cross the eternal Son endures the wrath of God for the sins of the world. He stands in our place; he suffers the … Continue reading

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Jesus of Nazareth—god or demigod?

The answer, of course, is neither. Jesus Christ is neither god nor demigod, neither superstar nor superhero. Jesus does not belong to a poly­the­istic pantheon. He is not one deity among many. He is not the Son of God in … Continue reading

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Finding the God Who is Love

The love of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit for human beings is absolute and uncondi­tional. This fundamental truth of the gospel bears repeating. It bears repeating because we Christians seem to forget it all too easily. We know the … Continue reading

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