Making Sense of God's Love Paperback
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Making Sense of God's Love
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Making Sense of God's Love by Lorraine Cavanagh was published by Spck in June 2011 and is our 62114th best seller. The ISBN for Making Sense of God's Love is 9780281064038.
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Making Sense of God's Love: Atonement and RedemptionDavid Ford, via The Good Book Stall
How I wish I’d been able to read this book aged 18! Brought up on the narrow diet of penal substitution, I have never understood how an all-loving God could willingly and necessarily sacrifice his Son in our place and for our benefit. Quite apart from the theological gymnastics that doctrine requires, it also suggests to me a DNA-type relationship between God and Jesus that is plain nonsense. In place of penal substitution, Lorraine Cavanagh has dished up for us a great deal of common sense.
This short book is divided into two halves – the first considering ideas of Atonement and the second ideas of Redemption. The importance of the subject is irrefutable for atonement and redemption are foundational theological principles for Christian thought. You cannot be a Christian without giving serious thought to the relationship between the death of Jesus and our own salvation.
Cavanagh speedily gets to the heart of the matter. Jesus did not suffer instead of humanity but suffers with humanity – that is the significance of the crucifixion of Jesus, Son of God. By aligning his life with our mortal suffering, we in turn can align our redeemed life with his divine majesty. Or as Cavanagh writes: “He becomes as we are in order that we may become as he is”. This inevitably turns redemption (how we are saved) into a process rather than an act. Conversion ceases to be solely that moment of convincement, but becomes instead our ongoing life of discipleship.
Whether Cavanagh will excite or inspire you will depend on whether you warm to the idea of humanity growing towards God; of us becoming divine. If burdened by one’s own sinfulness, the notion of a sacrificial lamb will remain a comfort. If liberated by our potential as people born in the image of God, the idea that we are co-collaborators with God working to redeem the world through Christ could prove life changing.
Congratulations Modern Church on a thoroughly accessible read.
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Details for Making Sense of God's Love
|Page last updated||3rd April 2012|
|Author / Artist||Lorraine Cavanagh|
|Publisher||Spck (June 2011)|
|Number of Pages||96|