Episode 51: The Mystery of the Cross

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In this second part of our discussion of the cross (recorded about 5 seconds after the end of the first part) we explore some of the major historical models of the atonement. Was it about victory? Ransom? Substitution? Justice? Example? (Answer: all of the above.) And how did Jesus explain it? (Answer: he didn’t really.) Along the way we discuss the mystery that lies at the heart of this event and the danger of taking metaphors too seriously.

For the first part of this discussion listen to Episode 50: The Scandal of the Cross.

Books mentioned

  • Mark D. Baker and Joel B. Green, Recovering the Scandal of the Cross
  • Jane Williams, Why did Jesus Have to Die?