We continue our Lenten series on Fleming Rutledge’s outstanding book, The Crucifixion: Understanding the Death of Jesus Christ (2015).
Here, we join the concluding chapter. The title is designed to be arresting – we will explore what she means by it as we go.
She begins by reaffirming the uniqueness of the Christian faith – how extraordinarily radical and unlikely is the story it tells.
“The Christian faith glorifies as Son of God a man who was degraded and dehumanized by his fellow human beings as much as it is possible to be, by the decree of church and state, and that he died in a way designed to subject him to utmost contempt and finally erase him from human memory.” (571)
Second – and the main theme of this chapter – the central message of Christianity is the justification of the ungodly;
“In this, the biblical story…
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