Thursday, December 31, 2009

Atonement and Anthropology

I was just perusing this, where Peter comments that the controversy about God loving man by killing Jesus is a Trinitarian discussion (pp.56-57), and it seemed to me at that moment that the only way to resolve the tension between the Father and the Son was to understand man as essentially the prototype for the Incarnation. (Which is to agree with Zizioulas and Knight and countless others - though certainly not everyone.) This is because, in making Adam the prototype of the Incarnation, we can understand that the Father's wrath (which is really only a jealous love anyway) is poured out on the Son as failed Adam rather than the Son as God. In doing so, the Father's wrath is the purging of the Incarnate Son's failure as the first Adam, leaving behind only the victorious history of the new Adam, paving the way for men everywhere to share in this victory, aiming to renew all men to become Sons of God.

At least, that's what I thought at the time. Could be completely off-base. I'll delete this whole thing if I need to.