The Atonement in Modern Religious Thought; A Theological Symposium

The Atonement in Modern Religious Thought; A Theological Symposium

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1902 edition. Excerpt: The death of Christ secures both ends in the highest degree. The death of Christ, then, has made forgiveness possible, because it enables men to repent with an adequate penitence, and because it magnifies righteousness and binds men to God. We have now to ask what it was in the death of Christ which accomplishes these ends. What relation precisely had Christ's suffering to our own? What is the element in Christ's suffering which differentiates it from that of other men and gives it saving significance? This may be answered in a word--it was its voluntariness, or, which is the same thing, its representative character. We have recognised that as Messiah or Christ Jesus lived and acted as God's representative, but as Christ He was also man's representative. He was so not by any formal investiture, but by being what all men ought to be and by becoming the source of a new creation, a new life and type of man. He claims that His death was a death for the race, His blood is shed for many. This implies a relation to the race not sustained by ordinary men. It implies that in some sense He represents the race. Coming to the world as the Christ, He undertakes to satisfy on man's behalf the whole will of God. And it is in this capacity He dies. It is this which explains Hia anxiety and agony. To compare His death with that of Socrates is absurd. Socrates died for himself alone; his own reputation, but little else, depended on his firmness in dying. Jesus knew Himself to be the Christ, the representative of all men, and knew, therefore, that on His constancy and submission in dying depended the hope of mankind. It was this responsibility, together with the sense that death was the fruit of sin and embodied " the curse," that crushed Him with a burden He...
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  • Paperback | 58 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 122g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236661796
  • 9781236661791