Did God Kill Jesus?: Searching for Love in History's Most Famous Execution

Did God Kill Jesus?: Searching for Love in History's Most Famous Execution

by Tony Jones


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Did God Kill Jesus?: Searching for Love in History's Most Famous Execution by Tony Jones

The popular Patheos blogger wants to restore the cross as primarily a symbol of God’s overwhelming love for us and to rescue Christians from the shame and guilt from seeing our situation as “sinners in the hands of an angry God,” which was an invention of the medieval church and became enshrined as orthodox Christianity.

Many Christians believe that God the Father demanded his only Son die a cruel, gruesome death to appease His wrath, since humanity is so irredeemably sinful and therefore repugnant to God. Tony Jones, popular progressive Christian blogger, author, and scholar, argues that this understanding is actually a medieval invention and not what the Bible really teaches. He looks beyond medieval convictions and liberates how we see Jesus’s death on the cross from this restrictive paradigm. Christians today must transcend the shame and guilt that have shaped conceptions of the human soul and made us fearful of God, and replace them with love, grace, and joyfulness, which better expresses what the cross is really about.

How we understand the cross reflects directly what kind of God we worship. By letting go of the wrathful God who cannot stand to be in our presence unless he pretends to see Jesus in our place, we discover the biblical God who reaches out to love and embrace us while “we were yet sinners.” Jones offers a positive, loving, inclusive interpretation of the faith that is both challenging and inspiring. Did God Kill Jesus? is essential reading for modern Christians.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062297969
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 03/24/2015
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 870,287
Product dimensions: 9.10(w) x 6.20(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Tony Jones, M.DIV., PH.D., is theologian-in-residence at Solomon's Porch in Minneapolis. He teaches theology at United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities and Fuller Theological Seminary and writes the popular blog Theoblogy. Jones is the author of a dozen books, including The Sacred Way and The New Christians, and the editor of the Theology for the People series. He is a sought-after speaker and consultant in the areas of theology, the emerging church, and Christian spirituality. He lives in Minnesota with his three children and his spouse.

Table of Contents

1 The Problem with the Cross

1 "As He Died, He Saw Your Face!" 3

2 Why God Matters 13

3 The Bible and the Smell Test 24

2 Sacrifice as Prelude

4 The Mystery of Sacrifice 37

5 An Acceptable Sacrifice 45

6 Sacred Blood 53

3 The Violence on the Cross

7 History's Most Famous Execution 65

8 Paul's Cross-Centered Life 84

9 Reunited with God 96

4 The Majority Opinion: The Payment Model

10 God Is Very Angry with You 107

11 The Invention of Original Sin 116

12 Does God Demand a Payment We Can't Afford? 129

5 Minority Opinions

13 The Victory Model: God Is Your Spiritual Warrior 141

14 The Magnet Model: God Draws You In 154

15 The Divinity Model: God Wants You to Be a God 167

16 The Mirror Model: God Is Showing Us What We've Done 178

17 Other Models of What God Did on the Cross 192

6 What God Experienced on the Cross

18 What Jesus Tells Us About God 207

19 The Cry That Changed Everything 219

20 How the Crucifixion Changed God's Relationship with Us 233

7 The Way of the Cross

21 The Way of Peace 251

22 The Way of Solidarity 261

23 The Way of Love and the Power of Presence 271

Acknowledgments 280

Notes 281

About the Author 296

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