Executing God?: Atonement Through Anti-Violent Eyes

Date/Time
Date(s) - 03/14/2020
9:00 am - 1:45 pm

Location
Northway Christian Church

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Executing God?: Atonement Through Anti-Violent Eyes
Thirteenth Schubert M. Ogden Seminar on Systematic Theology
Saturday, March 14, 9:00 a.m. to 1:45 p.m.
Northway Christian Church, Dallas
Sharon Putt, Professor of Theology and Religion, Messiah College, Mechanicsburg, PA

What kind of vengeful, violent God can only be satisfied by the vicarious blood sacrifice of an innocent man and still be considered just? Does God require some sort of transactional pay back in order to forgive sin? Does this notion compromise authentic forgiveness? We will traverse the pages of the Bible and Christian doctrine to help us re-think notions of divine justice and forgiveness and to find answers to those questions. Our exploration will motivate us to re-think the traditionally held doctrines of atonement such as penal substitution and satisfaction theories and suggest a theory more in line with a God of love and forgiveness.

Sharon Putt is Professor of Theology and Religion at Messiah College in Mechanicsburg, PA. She earned a PhD in Religious Studies from Southern Methodist University and is the author of Razing Hell, Executing God, and the forthcoming Constructing a Theology of Non-Violence: Systematically Confessing the Apostles’ Creed. She works in the area of divine non-violence, atonement, and interfaith theologies.