A Critical Reinterpretation of Prevailing Theories of the Cross- Translated by Joyce J. Michael
At the same time, the book is very much concerned with contemporary issues. By analyzing traditional understandings of the cross held by a number of prominent theologians, the author seeks to address the fact that classic theories of the atonement do not speak in a compelling way to today’s secularized, post-Christian milieu. After examining perspectives that place central emphasis on the salvific consequence of Jesus’ death, the author presents his own views regarding the significance that Jesus’ life may have for the present age. He challenges his readers to venture a living interpretation of Scripture and explores the possibility that God’s plan of salvation is most faithfully represented by the compassion and justice that Jesus modelled throughout his entire life.
Acknowledgements The Czech version of this book was published in Prague by Oikoymenh Publishing House in 2005 under the title Ježíšův příběh – výzva pro nás. The author would like to thank Professor Jürgen Moltmann for kindly granting permission to quote extensively in chapters 8 and 9 of this book from Der gekreuzigte Gott (Munich: Christian Kaiser Verlag, 1972). English version: The Crucified God, trans. R. A. Wilson and John Bowden (New York: Harper & Row, 1974).
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