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Author: Richard L. Floyd Created: 7/3/2008 10:20 AM
In this theology blog we will hear from Christian thinkers ancient and modern, who love Christ and his church, and honor the rich ecumenical traditions of the great church, along with my own reflections. Responses are encouraged. I also blog at:

By Richard L. Floyd on 11/11/2008 8:44 PM

Some reflections on 30 years of pastoral experience around baptism, with the usual nods to P. T. Forsyth. Read More »

By Richard L. Floyd on 10/14/2008 2:13 PM

In the Confessing Christ list-serv conversation (see Discuss tab above) there has been a rich conversation about the relationship between Word and Sacrament in Christian worship. Herb Davis invoked the name of the great British preacher and theologian P. T. Forsyth (1848-1921), whose understanding of these matters contradicts the common view that those in the Congregationalist tradition cannot have a high doctrine of Word and Sacrament. I will share some excerpts from his book The Church and the Sacraments. Read More »

By Richard L. Floyd on 9/20/2008 9:37 AM

Why the cross is good news, Part 2 Read More »

By Richard L. Floyd on 8/21/2008 8:44 AM

Why the Cross is Good News, Part 1 Read More »

By Richard L. Floyd on 8/13/2008 1:18 PM

Why the critics are wrong, part 2. Read More »

By Richard L. Floyd on 8/2/2008 8:20 AM

Why the critics are wrong. Part 1

These views seem to me to say more about the hermeneutic of suspicion of the critics than the actual biblical narrative and the atonement theories that are their conceptual representations. After all, if you are looking in the wrong end of the telescope everything will look small.
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By Richard L. Floyd on 7/20/2008 10:14 AM

Some of the critics believe that the word of the cross is not good news, but bad news. The chief criticism is that the cross is an act of violence against Jesus by God. Read More »

By Richard L. Floyd on 7/11/2008 9:06 AM

Jesus’ crucifixion itself is, of course, a horrific act of violence, but Christian faith, from its early days, has interpreted it as a divine act of reconciliation. Read More »

By Richard L. Floyd on 7/5/2008 11:37 AM

It is an irony that I find myself defending the cross from the critics who say it causes violence, because it was a reaction to violence that profoundly influenced me to return to the Christian faith of my childhood as a young adult in the late 1960’s. Read More »

By Richard L. Floyd on 7/3/2008 10:31 AM

Is the cross an emblem of violence? That violence has been done in the name of the cross cannot be denied. But the argument hinges on the distinction between whether the cross, in and of itself, is a cause of violence, or whether when violence is done in the name of the cross, it is a betrayal of the cross’s true meaning Read More »

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