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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 Shows Us That God Really Suffers

Gethsemane Shows Us That God Really Suffers

Kyle Roberts

Gethsemane is the example of the love of God in Jesus, and the willingness of Jesus to push through the trial on our behalf.

The Unholy God

The Unholy God

Reed Metcalf

If holiness is about cleanness and purity, the cross is the exact opposite. It is dirty and crude and shaming and horrible.

The Resurrection Means God Is Not Lonely

The Resurrection Means God Is Not Lonely

Kyle Roberts

The resurrection of Jesus changed the way early Christians understood the inner life of God.

Holy Week: Tribe, Trauma, Transaction

Holy Week: Tribe, Trauma, Transaction

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.

Did Jesus Think He Was God?

Did Jesus Think He Was God?

Brandon D. Smith

The Lion of Judah still roars from the pages of Scripture, and no post-Enlightenment cage can contain him.

Does Easter Week Affirm Our Violent Desires?

Does Easter Week Affirm Our Violent Desires?

Christian Piatt

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?

What Jesus Meant by

What Jesus Meant by "Daughters of Jerusalem"

Richard Ostling

Many reference works generally agree on the meaning of Jesus' Good Friday words and the Old Testament prophecies he was quoting.

The Resurrection Matters because Bodies are Beautiful

The Resurrection Matters because Bodies are Beautiful

Kyle Roberts

So I am a progressive Christian, but I believe in the bodily resurrection. Jesus rose up from the dead with a new body.

Did God Kill Jesus?

Did God Kill Jesus?

Deborah Arca

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.

Easter and the Imperfect Jesus

Easter and the Imperfect Jesus

Chuck Queen

My discovery of a Jesus who was deeply spiritual and transformational, though quite human and fallible, offered a compelling vision of hope.

Reclaiming Good Friday: Salvation without Divine Violence

Reclaiming Good Friday: Salvation without Divine Violence

Bruce Epperly

What do you do with Good Friday and the Cross when you've abandoned the divine necessity of Jesus' death?

Not the God of Human Expectation

Not the God of Human Expectation

Kenneth Tanner

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.

More Resources

The Cross: An Expose of Human Sacrifice

The Cross: An Expose of Human Sacrifice

Suzanne Ross

At the center of Christianity is a weird claim: that we have been saved by sacrifice. And it was a gruesome sacrifice at that.

Easter, Again

Easter, Again

Marcus Borg

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?

Without the Resurrection: An Easter Postscript

Without the Resurrection: An Easter Postscript

Mark D. Roberts

Because of the resurrection, the death of Jesus is remembered, cherished, even celebrated.

Death and Resurrection

Death and Resurrection

James Faulconer

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: A Tale of Two Kingdoms (Good Friday Homily, John 18:1-40)

The Crucifixion: A Tale of Two Kingdoms (Good Friday Homily, John 18:1-40)

David Henson

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.

Why Did Jesus Have to Die?

Why Did Jesus Have to Die?

Greg Garrett

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.

Failing Easter

Failing Easter

Caryn Riswold

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 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 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.

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