The Father's Will Christ's Crucifixion and the Goodness of God
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- Format: Hardcover
- Copyright: 02/19/2014
- Publisher: Oxford University Press
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Since Christians look to the crucifixion to make sense of their suffering, the Father's will for Christ relates to many existential questions; it also shapes the place of God the Father in Christian theology and culture. Interpreting the crucifixion as a ransom makes the goodness of God more evident. It also makes it easier to see God the Father as the author of our salvation, rather than a stern judge who must be placated. And since the category of ransom traces back to Jesus' saying in the Gospels about giving his life "as a ransom for many," it has great claim to interpret the crucifixion in the way Jesus himself interpreted it.