What Did Jesus Do? The Atonement Symposium
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While every Good Friday the Church celebrates the work of Christ on the cross, questions abound about what exactly Christ achieved and how his action makes Christians able to full participate in Christ’s kingdom.
In other words, what did Jesus do?
Join Fuller president Dr. Richard Mouw, author and professor Scot McKnight, Fuller Northern California professor J.R. Daniel Kirk, professor Leanne Van Dyk and professor Vincent Bacote as they bring their own views on the Atonement.
8:30 am Introductions Richard Mouw
8:45 am Presentation 1 Scot McKnight: Gospel and Atonement
Synopsis: Atonement theory emerges from a theology and for some it shapes the whole of theology. I propose that we learn to rethink “atonement” in the context of the Bible’s Story and not simply in terms of one theme — soteriology– of that Story. What happens to atonement theory when the driving Story is a Christology?
9:45 am Quick Thought Mike McNichols
10:00 am Chapel at Travis Auditorium
11:00 am Presentation 2 Daniel Kirk: Cosmic Reconciliation
Synopsis: Any viable theory of the atonement must indicate not only how Jesus takes care of the problem of a world in rebellion against God, but also how he enables the story of the world to arrive at its God-intended purpose. While drawing on the best of the Christus victor, penal substitution, and moral influence views, Cosmic Atonement draws unique attention to what each of them lack: the absolute necessity of Jesus’ humanity not merely to overcome human lack, but to fulfill the purposes for which God created people.
12:00 pm Questions and Responses
12:15 pm Lunch
1:30 pm Presentation 3 Leanne Van Dyk: The Gospel in Seven Words
Synopsis: Scripture gives us succinct summaries of the gospel, including this seven word summary from II Cor. 5:18, “God reconciled us to himself through Christ.” Short summaries have a wonderful way of focusing the mind and clarifying the central claims of the Christian faith. This lecture will examine some short gospel summaries, using a recent exchange of views in The Christian Century as a resource. The lecture will make the central claim that atonement theologies, even short ones of seven words, are, at their very core, stories of God and God’s world.
2:30 pm Break
2:45 pm Presentation 4 Vincent Bacote : The Atonement and the Possibilities for Our Life
Synopsis: After considering how we might “reconcile” competing atonement theories, I will consider how the atonement is good news not only in terms of what Christians believe but also in terms of the journey the Christians may take in living out the implications of God’s great reconciling work. What does reconcilation mean for our personal and public lives? What trajectories of reconciliation can we consider and begin to model for others, especially in light of the lingering challenges of racial/ethnic tension?
3:45 pm Quick Thought Linda Peacore
4:00 pm Question and Responses
4:15 pm Closing Richard Mouw
4:30 pm Dismiss
The event is free and open to the public, brought to you by the Brehm Center’s Church in Contemporary Culture Initiative and the Berry Center for Lifelong Learning.