Tag Archives: Jesus Christ

God Creates the World from the Cross

“Since he who saves already existed, it was necessary that he who would be saved should come into existence, that the One who saves should not exist in vain.”1 This quotation from the great second-century bishop and theologian St Irenaeus … Continue reading

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Returning to the Paschal Christ: The Pre-Post-Modernity of John Behr

In his book The Mystery of Christ, Fr John Behr advances a two-pronged attack on modern theology: It treats dogmas as finished formulae, which can then be employed by the theologian without regard to “the way in which they were … Continue reading

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God Differs Differently: How Divine Transcendence Makes Possible the God-Man

Docetism, Sabellianism, Subordinationism, Arianism, Nestorianism, Monophysitism—we know the names of the famous heresies that plagued the Church during the first millen­nium. Perhaps we can even describe them and explain why they were rejected. But what may not be clear in … Continue reading

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Penal Substitutionary Atonement and the Living Christ

The glorification of the Son of God is the glorification of the human race, for the glory of God is the glory of man, and that glory is love! ~ George MacDonald ~ Good Friday—on this day Christians around the … Continue reading

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The Caponian Vision of (Almost) Apokatastasis

Having completed my series on the parables of Jesus as interpreted by Robert Farrar Capon, I’d like to bring into the discussion his soteriological reflections as presented in his books The Mystery of Christ, published in 1993, and Between Noon … Continue reading

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The Hermeneutics of Perdition: When Hell Trumps Gospel

In his article “Christian Universalism: Will Everyone Finally Be Saved?” Fr Lawrence Farley invites us to examine Scripture closely, in the confidence that if we do so, we will see that the hope of final reconciliation is false—so perspicuous is … Continue reading

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Roland, Rebirth, and Resurrection: A Comparative Eschatology of Paramahansa Yogananda and Origen of Alexandria

by David Armstrong The last century has seen a lot of great scholarship on a variety of interrelated topics in biblical studies, with some helpful new starting points for doing critical work on Jewish and Christian antiquity. On the one … Continue reading

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American gods, American idols

by John Stamps “My little children, guard yourselves from idols.” (1 John 5:21) The US is not and never has been secular. We are awash with gods. Gods and goddesses surround us. The whole universe is filled with deities. We … Continue reading

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