16: Pastor and Professor: Atonement 3, Scapegoat Theory

This episode explores the scapegoat theory of Rene Girard as an explanation for the death and resurrection of Jesus. Maybe redemptive violence is a myth.


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    May 23, 2019 at 3:06 pm

    Thank you, Josh, for these podcasts. My wife and I appreciate them. You help us to think critically about these things in informed and edifying ways.

    We value thinking about atonement theory, mostly because of how it affects our perceptions of God and of ourselves and others.

    If you’re interested, we would also appreciate yours and Marlin’s thoughts on baptism and communion. This is something we’ve been thinking about recently, especially because we have younger children. Essentially, who should get baptized and when, and for what purpose(s)? And who should take communion and when, and for what purpose(s)? And should the communion table be open to all, or excluded to some?

    Thank you again.

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    Kathy Alles
    May 23, 2019 at 5:50 pm

    I truly enjoyed Wiersma’s vision ( from Girard) on the Atonement as non-scapegoat, but God intended.
    Kathy Alles.

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