Lenten Discussion of Elizabeth A. Johnson's book
Creation and the Cross: The Mercy of God for a Planet in Peril
Johnson has written the book as a dialogue between a teacher (Elizabeth) and her student (Clara), following the style that Anselm used in his 11th-century work, Cor Deus Homo. In that book, Anselm develops his ideas on atonement theology and these are the ideas Johnson is refuting in Creation and the Cross. But Johnson wants to bring the reader to a lived spirituality that grows out of her theology. What she suggests as an alternate path to understanding the cross is a "theology of accompaniment."
"The Creator is also the Redeemer who accompanies the whole natural world with saving compassion."(
And so her focus in this last chapter is our conversion—"rearranging the faith furniture"-- from one theology to another, from atonement to accompaniment.
She proposes five "thought experiments"
Throughout this chapter (and the entire book) Johnson uses both the Hebrew and Christian Scriptures to ground her theology. You might want to share one or two passages that surprised you or moved you to a new spiritual place.
We will conclude by praying together Psalm 67 (Copies will be provided.)
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