Rejecting Bad Theology

July 21, 2017
Antonello, da Messina, 1430?-1479. Crucifixion with Mary and John, from Art in the Christian Tradition, a project of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library, Nashville, TN. [retrieved July 21, 2017]. Original source:

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“Rejecting Bad Theology”
by Rev. Chase Peeples
Matthew 21:1-11
Palm Sunday, April 9, 2017

In most churches during Holy Week, a type of theology will be preached that is harmful to human relationships and to our understanding of God: penal substitutionary atonement.  For many Christians, this is the only understanding they have ever heart regarding why Jesus died on the cross and what that death accomplished.  In sum it says, Jesus died a violent death on the cross to take the place of sinful humanity in order to please God’s sense of justice.  Yet, this is not the only option for understanding Jesus’ death and what it accomplished.  Listen if you are interested in finding an alternative to penal substitutionary atonement.

Related quotation:

“No abyss of evil can hide from Jesus through whom the world is reconciled with God. But the abyss of God’s love encompasses even the most abysmal godlessness of the world.”

– Dietrich Bonhoeffer
Meditations on the Cross

Bible References

  • Matthew 21:1 - 11