Salvation Tambourine

Just finished A Community Called Atonement.

Wonderful book. Despite coming under the banner of being “emergent” it managed to avoid all that horrible confabulation and neologisms that are so frequent in everything associated with the category. Or maybe I just find it all a bit technical and obscure.

Anyhow.

Take home message – and this is pretty basic here – it turns out that there was more going on in the death and resurrection of JESUS than just substitutionary atonement. I almost feel like a heretic saying it. Even more shocking is the realisation that perhaps I don’t have this thing all sewn up and on a neat little theological plate.

This of course seems staggeringly obvious when i think about it, but for some reason this comes to me as kind of new. I try to blame this on Sunday school –  i try to blame everything I learnt about theology on Sunday school – but that’s kind of unfair. I’m pretty sure it’s not what I was taught in Sunday school but it seems to be what I’ve picked up all the same.

The book says far more useful and interesting things than that, but in my theoogical ignorance that seemed enough to start with.

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2 Responses to “Salvation Tambourine”


  1. 1 anna March 3, 2009 at 10:29 pm

    i’m about halfway through it… zoomtard’s book review of it must have rubbed off – best book of 08 and all that! still thinking through some of it…

  2. 2 soapbox March 6, 2009 at 7:43 pm

    I too am just over halfway through – its great stuff. His 4 way thing of reconciliation between us and God, us and ourselves, us and those around us and us and the world, was brilliant and crystallised lots of stuff i’d been thinking..


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