“So completely does the crucified Christ encompass everything pertaining to the Gospel for Paul that he could tell the Corinthians that he ‘resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified’ (1 Cor. 2:2).” — Greg Boyd, Crucifixion of the Warrior God
Jesus, on the road to Emmaus, opened up the Hebrew Scriptures to his fellow travelers, explaining how all that had proceeded was important to what had just happened. This is something that is constantly repeated in the New Testament. Continue reading “The importance of the Old Testament to lead us to the cross”
“The cross does not just happen to be the place where God decided to concretely illustrate the kind of love he eternally is. The cross rather contains within itself a logic that necessitates that we embrace it as the definitive, unsurpassable revelation of God’s loving nature.” — Greg Boyd, Crucifixion of the Warrior God
Greg Boyd’s Crucifixion of the Warrior God brings to the table a discussion on the radical love of God AND dealing with the Old Testament texts dealing with the violence portrayed in God’s actions and orders. He doesn’t set aside the OT stories as simple myth. He wants to wrestle with the inspired text.
I have a long way to go in his monstrosity of a work, but want to reflect on how he deals with Augustine’s view of the love of God and violence. Augustine believed in the radical love of God but would embrace God’s violent actions in the OT as another form of love. (I guess it’s kind of warped view of “tough love” or something…) Continue reading “Our struggle to defend the indefensible”
“What makes the good news proclaimed in the NT good is not merely that Jesus is the definitive revelation of God; it is that the God Jesus reveals has a breathtakingly beautiful character.” Greg Boyd: Crucifixion of the Warrior God
“The reason why the widespread contemporary understanding of faith differs so much from the biblical understanding is that “faith” in the Bible is a covenantal concept while today it has largely become a psychological concept.” — Greg Boyd, The Crucifixion of the Warrior God
Heaven and earth, nature and man, comedy and tragedy, … the Virgin Mary and the demons…Mozart simply contains and includes all this within his music in perfect harmony. This harmony is not a matter of “balance” or “indifference” – it is a glorious upsetting of the balance, a turning in which the light rises and the shadows fall, in which the Yes rings louder than the ever-present. — Karl Barth