The Fathers Will: Christs Crucifixion and the Goodness of God

Hardcover | December 12, 2013

byNicholas E. Lombardo

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The night before his crucifixion, in the garden of Gethsemane, Jesus asks his Father to take away the cup of his suffering, but then says, "not my will, but yours, be done." Shortly afterward, Judas arrives, and his arrival reveals something important about the Father's will. Yet much remainsobscure. The sheer fact of Christ's crucifixion shows only that God was not willing to spare his Son. It does not shed any light on the positive content of the Father's will. Drawing on philosophical analysis and historical-critical exegesis, The Father's Will sets out to clarify the Father's willfor Christ and how it relates to his death on the cross. Then, after considering the theologies of Anselm and Peter Abelard, it argues for the recovery of the early Christian category of ransom. Since Christians look to the crucifixion to make sense of their suffering, the Father's will for Christ relates to many existential questions; it also shapes the place of God the Father in Christian theology and culture. Interpreting the crucifixion as a ransom makes the goodness of God moreevident. It also makes it easier to see God the Father as the author of our salvation, rather than a stern judge who must be placated. And since the category of ransom traces back to Jesus' saying in the Gospels about giving his life "as a ransom for many," it has great claim to interpret thecrucifixion in the way Jesus himself interpreted it.

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The night before his crucifixion, in the garden of Gethsemane, Jesus asks his Father to take away the cup of his suffering, but then says, "not my will, but yours, be done." Shortly afterward, Judas arrives, and his arrival reveals something important about the Father's will. Yet much remainsobscure. The sheer fact of Christ's crucifix...

Nicholas E. Lombardo, O.P., received his Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge, and is now Assistant Professor of Historical and Systematic Theology at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. His book The Logic of Desire: Aquinas on Emotion is published by The Catholic University of America Press, for which he was award...
Format:HardcoverDimensions:264 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.98 inPublished:December 12, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199688583

ISBN - 13:9780199688586

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PrefaceIntroductionI: Philosophical Prolegomena1. Intending and Willing2. Moral Value and Moral Obligation3. Double Effect Reasoning4. The Ethics of Self-Sacrifice5. God's Will, Moral Evil, And the Crucifying of ChristII: New Testament Evidence6. Jesus's Attitude toward His Death7. The Crucifixion in God s Plan Of SalvationIII: Theological Evaluation8. Anselm and Cur Deus homo9. Abelard's Response to Anselm10. The Devil's Ransom Revisited