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Lecture 9

SMC330Y1 Lecture Notes - Lecture 9: Jesus Movement

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Reid Locklin

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Ransom allegory, distort justice, dualism
Making devil something other than human creature
Necessity of incarnation, necessity of God-man
Only God can satisfy debt,…
God-Man to bridge gap and there is infinite debt
Satisfaction owed to God, devil set aside… relationship with God is fundamental
Forgiveness does not restore us to dignity and free us from debt… [subjective
elements (what happens in me)]
so God doesn’t just let go
Celestial city
Asks for debt to be paid because forgiveness dos not fulfill justice, doesn’t
preserve order and beauty of universe (violation) and not suitable to God’s
honour (objective elements, universe as whole)
But God does wants to restore… does it through God-Man…
Payment, exchange…
Christ offered his death as payment for our debts -> obedience, securing our
grace, his to give, offers himself, earns rewards… Jesus freely gives his death…
satisfaction in the reward, merit is infinite and shared with followers
God punishes Christ with death and torture as payment for punishment due to
humankind? -> not necessarily… (penal satisfaction)
If satisfaction can take form of punishment…
Anselm doesn’t see death or punishment itself repaying, but earning something
that can be used to repent
Some or all (particularist of universal)
For some (Jesus people)… but some scholars argue that logically, better
interpretation as all… infinite merit -> objective understanding of soteriology
Death Anselm -> Hebrews, extended meditation… Mary’s faith involving
coming of Christ and his death
Death + resurrection,
death, resurrection and return,
life, death and resurrection - Greg
powerful alternative to Anselm Aberlard
commentary on Romans like Augustine
interpret Pauline language of justice and justification in terms with law…
standard Christian way… only love fulfills the love, faith increase love and is
what kind of a God is this to be satisfied with death of innocent Christ…
death of Chrsit doesn’t change God and doesn’t satisfy impersonal sense of
justice, but in subjective or moral influence theory of atonement; death of Christ
changes not the objective devil/God/order of universe, but changes heart of
Julian of Norwich
Question of rational argumentation of type the way to go about understanding
resurrection… alternative view and approach to resurrection, mystical vision
and allegory
Theology born of suffering and illness… vision of bleeding crucifix,
overwhelming blood and love of God
Showings short texts and long texts (age 50 and 70 respectively)
Offers reflections on her visions
Image of hazelnut in God’s hand, everlasting tiny thing + image of Jesus as loving
mother, feminine… also in Anselm