God’s Uniqueness, Part Two (Incarnation) [Questions That Haunt]

In Part One of this Question That Haunts Christianity, I wrote about God as creator. Today I turn my attention to the Incarnation as something that displays God’s ontological uniqueness. As a reminder, the question came from reader Pat, and it concerns a contentious post by Roger Olson:

Last week, I read Roger Olson’s attack on process theology, and then I saw your tweet on the controversy:

I, too, am attracted to relational and process theologies, but I’ve struggled with the feeling I get from process that God is not really very special, that God’s not unique. That’s why your tweet got my attention, so my question is this: Is God ontologically unique from the rest of creation?

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Why Was He Crucified?

There’s still time for you to enter our latest #progGOD Challenge: Why a Crucifixion? Remember, this time there are prizes for the best entries. And, being that it’s Holy Week next week, so lots of preachers will be cruising the internet looking for material. You might get quoted at your parents’ church!

Why a Crucifixion? A #progGOD Challenge (with Prizes!!!)

I conceived of the #progGOD challenges at Patheos because 1) I think that progressives have a better version of the gospel than conservatives, and 2) I think progressives often struggle to speak forthrightly about God. We get caught up in prolegomena and methodology and qualifying every statement about God or Jesus or the Bible ten ways before we say anything. And by the time we say something, no one’s listening anymore.

Thus far, there have been two #progGOD Challenges:

Who Is God?

Why an Incarnation?

Those two generated dozens of thoughtful responses. And now it’s time for a third:

Why a Crucifixion?

This is a question that, literally, lies at the very center of Christianity. I’ve even written a short ebook about it (which is free today only), and I’m planning to blow that up into a full-length book. It’s a crucial question, and one that becomes more difficult when we move away from the penal substitutionary understanding of the atonement.

So, throughout Lent we’re going to be collecting responses to the question Why a Crucifixion? Share your answer by linking in the comment section below, tweet with the hashtag #progGOD, and email the link to progressivechristian@patheos.com.

As a bonus this time, I’m going to send a collection of 10 books to the post that gets the most shares and likes. So have at it, and be sure and share your post far and wide. I’ll be giving weekly updates with some of the best posts I read.

#progGOD Is Live!!!

Deb has posted the page for the second #progGOD Challenge. Check there for your post, and for instructions on submitting one:

Why an Incarnation?

In the second conversation of our #progGOD series, we invited bloggers to consider: What does the Incarnation tells us about God, human beings, creation, the Cosmos, the End Times, Heaven, Hell, salvation, or anything else…from a Progressive Christian perspective? Read their reflections and then add your own in the Comments Box below. (And stay tuned for future #progGOD conversations!)

via #progGOD – Why an Incarnation? | Patheos Progressive Christianity.