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Why A Crucifixion?
Curated by Tony Jones

In the third conversation of our #progGOD series, we've invited responses to the question that sits at the very center of Christianity: Why a Crucifixion? Read what progressive Christian bloggers from around the blogosphere have to say about the meaning and significance of Jesus dying on a cross.

#progGOD invites you to join the conversation ... leave a comment below or send your blog link to us at progressivechristian@patheos.com...and then spread the word through the hashtag on Twitter.

Toward the Cross we go...


Responses

The Cross at the Center of Our Faith

The Cross at the Center of Our Faith

Tony Jones

The question of the Crucifixion becomes even more difficult when we move away from the penal substitutionary understanding of the atonement.

Djesus Uncrossed vs. Christ Crucified

Djesus Uncrossed vs. Christ Crucified

James McGrath

The message of the cross is that failure while being faithful to our moral convictions is greater than a so-called success that sacrifices them.

Tarantino, Driscoll and the Violent Remaking of Jesus in America

Tarantino, Driscoll and the Violent Remaking of Jesus in America

David Henson

It's human to imagine divine vengeance. It just isn't Jesus, though. 


Washed in His Blood My Ass

Washed in His Blood My Ass

Kimberly Knight

As we work our way closer to the Cross this season I invite you to explore Christian theology that does not begin with a God that needs a blood sacrifice to settle the score.

A Progressive Good Friday?

A Progressive Good Friday?

Bruce Epperly

In contrast to a passionless deity, a meaningful vision of Good Friday proclaims that God suffered - the whole of God suffered - on the cross and in every moment of creaturely suffering.

Why Did Jesus Have to Die?

Why Did Jesus Have to Die?

Greg Garrett

Whether we are standing up to the powers and principalities of this world, or calling the Church to greater love and service, we are called to be like Christ - and Christ's crucifixion is the ultimate lesson for us in what love and service look like.

Against the Stream: The Cross and the Crucified

Against the Stream: The Cross and the Crucified

Scott Paeth

In his death, Jesus reveals that the Good News of the Gospel is precisely that God stands on the side of all of those who are abandoned, alone, and forsaken, that God is with them in their forsakenness, has shared their suffering in the person of Jesus Christ, and in the resurrection of Christ, has overcome and redeemed it.

Beautiful, Terrible, Reckless Love

Beautiful, Terrible, Reckless Love

Denika Anderson

This love chooses to die. Because if it chose not to, it would be going against its very nature and choosing self over others.

It's God Love For Us

It's God Love For Us

Kevin Williams

The cross does not satisfy an angry God; it is the ultimate proclamation of the love of God.


What if God Was One of Us?

What if God Was One of Us?

Dan Wilkinson

Jesus had to die because we have to die. 

The Holy Law of Love

The Holy Law of Love

R Jay Pearson

 In Jesus' institution of the Holy Law of Love, and in how he lived for it and died for it, we know the Way to Oneness.

Because It's Personal

Because It's Personal

Jen Bradbury

The cross gives me permission to mourn - to cry, scream, and wail against God and the injustices of this world.

In the Wake Beneath the Dust and Blood

In the Wake Beneath the Dust and Blood

Nick Ahern

In a cosmic sense, maybe Jesus had to die in such a way as opposite of Adam and Eve. 

Not God's Fault

Not God's Fault

Joel Rieves

If Jesus' death was necessary, it wasn't God who required it. No, if blood was required, it was required by us. 

The Cross of No Answers

The Cross of No Answers

Jason Micheli

If the cross has less power for us today, then I think maybe it's because we've explained its power away. I think maybe it's because we've turned the cross into a tidy transaction or a shallow symbol.

Because We Are All Duped

Because We Are All Duped

Jason Valendy

Jesus was the one who exposed to the world just how destructive it is for a society to resolve tension and disagreements by finding scapegoats to kill.   

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