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What are the big ideas at work in Greg Boyd’s monster volumes, The Crucifixion of the Warrior God?
Boyd’s big ideas emerge from a singular moral problem in the pages of the Bible: the tension/contradiction between the warrior God of specific passages and the revelation of God himself in the cross of Christ. Thus, the cruciform God vs. the warrior God.
Boyd - Project - Problem - Problem - Problem
Boyd’s entire project is rooted in this being a problem; for those who don’t think this is a problem, there is no problem to resolve.
Boyd’s approach is to let the cruciform God interpret the warrior God. Hence, his approach is a species of theological interpretation of Scripture. The difference between Boyd and others is his theology not his method.
Ideas - Which
So, what are his big ideas? Which ideas do you think are sustainable and which unsustainable?
There are six of them:
God - History - Action - Mix - Divine
First, When God acts in history the action is a mix of divine and human actions.
le saw that God “breathed” his supreme revelation on the cross by both acting toward us and by allowing others to act toward him. Because God honors the personhood of others, and because he therefore works by means of the influential power of the cross (l Cor 1:18) rather than by ultilizing coercive power, God’s “breathing” is a dialectical rather than a unilateral process.
Witness - Awareness - God - God - People
We must therefore read this witness with the awareness that it reflects both God acting toward us, insofar as God’s people at the time could receive it, as well as God humbly allowing others to act toward him, insofar as the noncoercive heavenly missionary had to accommodate his people’s fallen and culturally conditioned hearts and minds.
Rather, it is only when we by faith look through the surface of this event that it becomes the definitive revelation of God for us, for only now can we discern...
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