Cross Examinations: Readings on the Meaning of the Cross Today

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Marit Trelstad
Fortress Press - 320 pagini
In today's theological landscape the significance of the cross has become strongly affirmed and radically questioned. This exciting volume gathers theologians and historians who have thought through these critical and constructive issues: Do traditional understandings of the cross valorize suffering or violence? Are the older soteriological models, which see redemption as a kind of ransom or debt satisfaction, fitting for the contemporary worldview? Do they produce a piety that acquiesces in needless suffering, or does the cross precisely meet the massive suffering and injustice of today's world?Following an expert introduction to the issues and options by editor Marit Trelstad, each author addresses the Christian symbol of the cross in the context of current theological, sociological, political, or environmental issues.

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Introduction I
1
Black Womens Surrogacy Experience
19
Our MothersGardens
33
The Cross and Male Violence
50
Maternal Sacrifice as a Hermeneutics of the Cross
63
Becoming a Feminist Theologian of the Cross
76
Contextualizing the Cross for the Sake of Subjectivity
91
Lavish Love
109
A Theology of the Cross for the Uncreators
181
The Passion of Christ
196
Saved by What Shouldnt Happen
211
Violence in Christian Theology
225
The Cross of Resurrection and Communal Redemption
241
Theology of the Cross
252
The Cross as Military Symbol for Sacrifice
259
Notes
278

Yesterday and Today 19722002
127
All That Matters
139
Reading Ourselves into the Cross Story
154
Imagining the Cross
165
For Further Reading
309
Index of Subjects
315
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Pagina 131 - Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God as something to be exploited, but emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, being born in human likeness. And being found in human form, he humbled himself and became obedient to the point of death — even death on a cross.
Pagina 148 - God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise, God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong, God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not to bring to nothing things that are, so that no human being might boast in the presence of God.
Pagina 73 - When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, "I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.
Pagina 73 - Now this is eternal life: that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent.
Pagina 45 - Where I am going, you cannot come! 3'/ give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another.
Pagina 109 - ... and after having made it again tremble in fear of having chosen wrong. But the moment comes when our eyes are opened, and we see and realize that grace is infinite. Grace, my friends, demands nothing from us but that we shall await it with confidence and acknowledge it in gratitude. Grace, brothers, makes no conditions and singles out none of us in particular; grace takes us all to its bosom and proclaims general amnesty. See! that which we have chosen is given us, and that which we have refused...
Pagina 223 - But as it is, he has appeared once for all at the end of the age to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself.
Pagina 63 - Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that made us whole, and with his stripes we are healed.

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