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Theology of Easter

The Passion of Christ and his resurrection are at the heart of Christian theology. What special doctrines stem from this singular event, and how applicable are they today? Patheos commentators reflect on the dogmas and spiritualities of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.


 

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.

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.  I’ve been failing Easter every since my feminist consciousness started coming to theological terms with this [...]

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.

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.

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.

Celebrating What? Maundy Thursday Reflections on Exodus 12:1-4, 11-14

Celebrating What? Maundy Thursday Reflections on Exodus 12:1-4, 11-14

John C. Holbert

Maundy Thursday is a celebration of the glorious community of equality of goods and equality of service. A service not to be missed!

The Goal of Good Friday: Reflections on Isaiah 52:13-53:12

The Goal of Good Friday: Reflections on Isaiah 52:13-53:12

John C. Holbert

For Christians there is only one Suffering Servant. The goal of Good Friday is not to suffer with Jesus or to become like him on his cross.

Go and Tell Everyone! Easter Reflections on Isaiah 52:13-53:12

Go and Tell Everyone! Easter Reflections on Isaiah 52:13-53:12

John C. Holbert

Every preacher needs to ask each year that haunting question that lies at the base of all of our attempts to make new this most strange of all days: So what?

A Progressive Good Friday?

A Progressive Good Friday?

Bruce Epperly

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

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