Saturday, April 08, 2006

my blogging on stories of the atoning work of Jesus

I began to post on the various stories of Jesus' atoning work as told by the Church through the centuries: recapitulation and ransom, which were to be followed by satisfaction, penal substitution and example, as found in Scot McKnight's book, Embracing Grace: A Gospel for All of Us.

I've come to realize, in reflecting on it, that I simply am not qualified. I could see that I was writing these summaries from too narrow a perspective (my own tradition, which is only part of the Christian faith) and most importantly, that I lack the necessary reading to do so.

As so many of us do, we depend on good Christian theologians and scholars a great deal in trying to better understand God's revelation to us. I would especially recommend Scot's book since it is clear and can be depended on for a good overall view of these matters.

2 comments:

Brad Boydston said...

I've read fairly broadly on the subject and I don't mind telling you that Scot has done a good job summarizing things. Emerging Grace really is a fine introduction to theology -- not typical in approach -- more story than normal. That only makes it accesible but also more contextual for a current readers.

Ted Gossard said...

Thanks Brad for your helpful thoughts here. I couldn't possibly agree with you more. In fact I'm rereading Embracing (I think you meant) Grace right now.

Thanks for your perspective on this which is helpful to me.