The Passion of Christ and his resurrection are at the heart of Christian theology. What particular doctrines stem from this singular event, and how applicable are they today? Patheos commentators reflect on the theologies and spiritualities that have developed from the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
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Recent Perspectives on the Theology of Easter
Gethsemane is the example of the love of God in Jesus, and the willingness of Jesus to push through the trial on our behalf.
If holiness is about cleanness and purity, the cross is the exact opposite. It is dirty and crude and shaming and horrible.
The resurrection of Jesus changed the way early Christians understood the inner life of God.
Fr. Dwight Longenecker
The tribe enacts the trauma. They mock, spit and despise. They heap onto the victim all their own evil and the evil of the whole world.
Brandon D. Smith
The Lion of Judah still roars from the pages of Scripture, and no post-Enlightenment cage can contain him.
Have we made God a monster? Have we taken the holiest week of the Christian year and dressed it up as a celebration of violent sacrifice?
Many reference works generally agree on the meaning of Jesus' Good Friday words and the Old Testament prophecies he was quoting.
So I am a progressive Christian, but I believe in the bodily resurrection. Jesus rose up from the dead with a new body.
The way we view the crucifixion and God's posture when that happened affects everything we think about God. We can't afford to get it wrong.
My discovery of a Jesus who was deeply spiritual and transformational, though quite human and fallible, offered a compelling vision of hope.
What do you do with Good Friday and the Cross when you've abandoned the divine necessity of Jesus' death?
It's time for us to expect a very different God to show up and do what he always does, not what we expect him to do.
At the center of Christianity is a weird claim: that we have been saved by sacrifice. And it was a gruesome sacrifice at that.
I sympathize with those who preach about Easter every year. You say what's important the first time, but what about the second & third times?
Mark D. Roberts
Because of the resurrection, the death of Jesus is remembered, cherished, even celebrated.
I still don't understand this central teaching of Christianity, that Christ suffered for my sins and died on the cross for my salvation. But I believe what I do not understand.
The crucifixion forces us to confront the upsetting, irrational, and hopeful claim that the kingdom of God comes not through swords, war horses, retribution, and the politically powerful.
The idea of an angry God so unwilling to forgive that he has no choice but to murder His only son causes many of us some problems.
I wrote earlier this season about how I'm probably Failing Lent. I hinted there that I'd write more about my lack of enthusiasm for this season, and so here are a few words about how I'm failing Easter too.
The question of the Crucifixion becomes even more difficult when we move away from the penal substitutionary understanding of the atonement.
James F. 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.