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Did God Kill Jesus?: Searching for Love in History's Most Famous Execution Hardcover – March 24, 2015
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“Christians struggle to fully comprehend the significance of Christ’s death. Tony Jones has written an honest and important book to help readers make sense of the cross and its implications for our lives today. This is a book every Christian should read.” (Adam Hamilton, author of Making Sense of the Bible)
“This important, smart, readable, and ultimately beautiful book allows this generation to re-claim the cross as the place of God’s deepest love rather than the place of our deepest shame. Jones unlocks the chains of fear and shame that bind so much of Christianity and offers us instead, freedom.” (Nadia Bolz-Weber, author of Pastrix)
“I love this book—not because I agree with all of it, but because I agree with Jesus and it helped me see him more clearly. Tony Jones explores the great mystery of how one of the most offensive events in history has become the conduit of God’s love.” (Shane Claiborne, author, activist, and follower of the executed and risen Jesus)
“Did God Kill Jesus? is the one and only book I have ever seen on the Atonement that I can wholeheartedly recommend without reservation and with devout enthusiasm. Even-handed, historically complete, accessible to any reader who chooses to approach it, this is a masterful piece of work.” (Phyllis Tickle, author of The Great Emergence)
“This book might change how you think about the Cross, but it is much more likely that it will change how you pray your way toward the Cross. Jones concludes with Julian of Norwich feeling God’s presence and understanding the Cross as a source of peace—as you will, too.” (Lauren F. Winner, author of Wearing God)
“An extended exploration of one of Christian theology’s oldest, most vexing, intriguing, and important questions. Jones urges us to reject the most popular conventional answers and embrace better alternatives. You’ll be grateful for a chance to think alongside a passionate, inspiring theologian who writes with clarity, intensity, and relentless curiosity.” (Brian McLaren, author of A New Kind of Christianity)
“If you love Jesus and the Bible, but don’t know what to do about a God whose default mode is disgust with humanity, who demands a payment for a debt we cannot pay, and who kills his Son to appease his anger, you need to read Did God Kill Jesus?.” (Peter Enns, author of The Bible Tells Me So)
“Engaging and accessible, written with the right mix of humility and conviction, Did God Kill Jesus? invites readers to wrestle with key questions about Christianity. I learned something new on every page and will be thinking about this one for a long, long time.” (Rachel Held Evans, author of A Year of Biblical Womanhood and Searching for Sunday)
“An exciting historical journey of understanding the death of Jesus with insights that are biblically sound, culturally astute, and contextually relevant. Jones moves us to reconsider our traditional means of seeing God, sin, Christ, and each other, leaving us with an indelible new sense of the meaning of the cross.” (Grace Ji-Sun Kim, Ph.D., visiting researcher at Georgetown University and author of Embracing the Other and Colonialism, Han, and the Transformative Spirit)
“Too often simple ignorance of our theological history traps us in dead ways of thinking. For some, all the questions surrounding atonement have been long settled, but for Jones-and a rising revolution of thoughtful Christians-faithfulness to the God of the present sometimes means we must betray the past.” (Ryan Meeks, founding pastor of EastLake Church)
“Tony has redeemed “redemption” for many today who, despite being put off by the blood-crazed, “vampire” vision of Christianity, desperately desire to discover the God of love in the egregious Golgotha. And Tony has done this with theological rigor and pastoral playfulness, with wisdom and wit.” (Rev. José Francisco Morales, Director of Pastoral Formation, Disciples Seminary Foundation)
“Jones draws from what we know to be the nature of God to conclude that the essence of atonement, the heart of Christianity, is not punishment or judgment for original sin, but love. Accessible, bold, and brilliant, this book should be read by everyone.” (Sharon Tan, Vice President of Academic Affairs /Dean McVay Professor of Christian Ethics United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities)
“An important new book…a compelling theological appeal toward a more gracious, more biblically-sound meaning of the cross for us today…essential reading.” (Patheos)
“An accessible theological tour de force.” (Adam Ericksen, Patheos)
“One of those rare texts that is both informative and inspirational. It’s given me fresh eyes with which to see the crucifixion and a view of God that makes sense in and for the world in which we live.” (J. Ryan Parker, Pop Theology)
From the Back Cover
Christianity is about love ("God is love," "Jesus loves me"), and Christians are to love self, neighbors, even enemies. So, when people are asked what Christians are known for today, why is "love" not listed?
Tony Jones, popular theologian, speaker, blogger, and a founder of the emergent church movement, claims that much of the fault can be placed at the foot of the church's most common explanations of Jesus' crucifixion. While the Bible and Christian experience tell us the cross is all about love, today's most popular model for understanding the cross leaves us feeling guilty, ashamed, even unlovable, and thus disinclined to love others. How did the meaning of the cross change so radically from its biblical roots?
In Did God Kill Jesus? Jones takes us on an intriguing biblical and historical journey revealing just how this message of love was subverted and how it can be restored. He shows how many doctrines we think of as "biblical" were actually invented centuries later: how Augustine invented "original sin"; how Calvin added "guilt"; and how Anselm, an eleventh-century bishop, came up with the current majority view—God hates us sinners and so sent Jesus to be executed and pay our sin penalty so that God can pretend to see Jesus when looking at us. This is how we go from the Bible's assurance that God loved us "while we still were sinners" to becoming "sinners in the hands of an angry God." Jones argues that it should not be a surprise, then, that Christians feel guilty and unlovable—the very things the cross was meant to remedy.
Jones invites readers to join a movement to restore the cross as the potent symbol of love at the heart of the faith. By reconnecting us with what the Bible actually teaches and exploring how other traditions teach about Jesus' death—as well as providing Jones' own model—Did God Kill Jesus? will help us put love back at the center of what Christians believe and what they should be known for.
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My only complaint about the book is Professor Jones dismissal of those of us who do not believe that Jesus of Nazereth was divine--the pre Easter Jesus to the post Easter Christ so well defined by the late Marcus Borg. I can understand the atonement as an act of supreme love by a man who was so in tune with God that he was willing to sacrifice his own life to show this radical selfless mind of God. God then used his death to "resurrect" the love of God in his followers, and spread the message to the whole world.
Thank you so much Professor Jones--this is a terrific book!
Tony begins the book with a discussion of sacrifice, the Gospels’ views on the death of Jesus and Paul’s theology. In subsequent chapters, models that explain what happened on the cross are laid out: The Payment Model, The Victory Model, The Magnet Model, The Divinity Model to name a few.
The last few chapters of the book were of particular interest to me. Tony shares his views and what his faith journey has revealed to him.
The Divinity model resonated with me. I am a centering prayer practitioner. I believe that each one of us is a divine being with a little “d”. I believe that our humanity is best expressed when we connect to our inner divinity.
For now, I have concluded that I am a blend of the Divinity model and the below key points from Tony’s views.
“And the main message of both Father and Son is that they love us and want to be united with us.” This ultimately is what the cross accomplishes. We are united with God and Jesus!
“While we can only guess as to God’s motivation for creating us, we can conclude that God’s act of creation was an act of self-limiting love. God’s very first act was an act of humble love, an act in which God retreated and gave us room to live.” This makes much sense for us as it does for Jesus. “God the Father withdrew enough to let Jesus follow his own fate.” God withdraws and lets us live our life. I do this with my children. I best love them when I withdraw and let them live too.
“And when Jesus cried out from the cross in despair and anguish, God experienced something that God had never before experienced: God experienced the absence of God. God experienced atheism.” As Tony mentions, God became fully human. God’s Divinity took a backseat to
His humanity. Note this in no way diminished God’s humanity.
“God chose not to stop the execution, as we have seen, because God’s chosen deportment is one of self-limitation and humility.” This is the ultimate act of love.
I have to be honest. I never thought God could change. I never thought God learned. I now believe God does both. “In Jesus, God moved from sympathy with the human condition to empathy. And God changed as a result.” “We can say that in Jesus, God was experiencing something that God had not experienced before. To take it one step further, we can surmise that in Jesus, God was learning.”
“The beauty and power of the resurrection is that our friend didn’t just die on that cross. He lives on, offering us ongoing friendship. Even death couldn’t kill this friendship between God and humanity.” Yes, we are given the gift of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit continues to be present with us and within us. As Tony says, “God’s power is presence, quiet presence.”
Meditate on the cross. Continue to ask questions. Why did Jesus die? Did God kill Jesus? These are important questions that need to be asked and explored. Read Tony’s book. It will challenge you to reconsider your views on what happened on the cross.