Part 2 of a conversation between Quoir authors Keith Giles, Jamal Jivanjee and Matthew Distefano about how Evangelical Christian views of the crucifixion relate to ideas about redemptive violence, and more.
NOTE: I personally do not believe that the Penal Substitutionary Atonement Theory is what ultimately leads to violence.
Case in point: The early Christians did not embrace this PSA theory until John Calvin introduced it in the 1500s, and yet they did engage in a lot of violence against others, and even one another.
However: The PSA view does impact the way we see God and it does often provide justification for our own violence because, if God is violent can’t we be violent, too?
In this Podcast we talk about:
*Why did Jesus have to die on the cross?
*What is the mechanism that creates the necessity for Christ’s death?
*What is Mimetic Theory and how does it relate to the crucifixion?
*If Jesus wasn’t killed by His Father to satisfy His wrath and make it possible for us to be forgiven, then what was the cross all about?
*Why did Peter deny Jesus? Was this a special character flaw or are we all wired to go along with the crowd?
*Why is Jesus’ invitation to “Follow Me” crucial to our ingrained tendency to imitate the desire of others?
*What does it mean to say that “No one has ever seen God at any time [except Jesus]?”