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Tag Archives: sacrifice

Redefining Success

The Path of Descent Redefining Success Monday, July 31, 2017 Much of the teaching and culture that has emerged in recent Christianity has much more to do with Greek philosophy and Roman mythologies than the Gospel. This is not all bad, but we must acknowledge these influences. The ego is naturally attracted to heroic language,… Continue Reading Redefining Success

Substitutionary Atonement

Salvation as At-One-Ment Substitutionary Atonement Sunday, July 23, 2017 This week we will look more closely at some Christian beliefs that have caused a great deal of damage, namely substitutionary atonement “theories.” These views have dominated Christianity over the past century, but it wasn’t always that way. Theologian Marcus Borg (1942-2015) points out that the… Continue Reading Substitutionary Atonement

Love, Not Atonement

Jesus as Scapegoat Love, Not Atonement Thursday, May 4, 2017 All the great religions of the world talk a lot about death, so there must be an essential lesson to be learned here. But throughout much of religious history our emphasis has been on killing the wrong thing and avoiding the truth: it’s you who… Continue Reading Love, Not Atonement

The Scapegoat Mechanism

Jesus as Scapegoat The Scapegoat Mechanism Sunday, April 30, 2017 As I mentioned last week, Jesus on the cross echoes three healing images: the Passover lamb, the “Lifted-Up One,” and the scapegoat ritual. The third symbol deserves a deeper exploration because it is central to understanding how Jesus resets the pattern of history. We’ll spend… Continue Reading The Scapegoat Mechanism

God Is Good

Experience God Is Good Monday, January 23, 2017 In most ancient religions on every inhabited continent, God was seen to be “controllable” through some form of sacrifice, even fellow humans. Around the time of Abraham, the sacrificial instinct was transferred from humans to animals (Genesis 22:13); ancient Hebrew and other religions sacrificed birds, goats, sheep,… Continue Reading God Is Good

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