Lenten Forum Series: Why Did Jesus Have to Die?

Event details

  • Sunday | March 5, 2017
  • 10:10 am
  • St. Paul's Dining Room

Sunday morning Adult Forums in Lent will feature a five-week series entitled, Why Did Jesus Have to Die?  Exploring the Intersection of Divine and Human Suffering. Led by Dr. Natalie Kertes Weaver, Chnatalieair and Associate Professor of Religious Studies at Ursuline College, the series will use a multi-disciplinary approach to understanding the meaning of Jesus’ crucifixion and suffering in our world.

Each week’s presentation will stand alone, but the series will trace a historic arc of the theory of the atonement.  Please join us at 10:10 a.m. in the Dining Room on five Sundays in Lent. All are welcome.

March 5:  A Scandalous Death —Jesus in the Bible
Drawing on diverse expectations for political and spiritual liberation, the earliest Christians grappled with the question of how the death of Jesus might shape their own hopes as a community struggling for survival. The New Testament writings reveal the creative thought of a people making sense of the baffling claim that innocent death can lead to redemption.

March 12: Pounds of Flesh – Patristic Developments on the Body of Christ
In the post-biblical period, Christian thinkers were tasked with the formulation of doctrine about who Jesus was and why he mattered. Syncretizing Greek and Hebraic ideas, the patristic era marked the foundational historical epoch in which Christians articulated often contentious ideas about the saving effect of God’s Incarnation in the world.

March 19: Paying off the Debt – Restructuring and the Consolidation of Humanity’s Sin in the Medieval Period
In an era marked by deep fascination with the notions of sin, disease, penalty, bondage, and wrath of God, medieval thinkers attempted to systematize and understand human suffering and redemption. In the face of daily hardships and political tumult, Christians found hope in the prospect of debt forgiveness.

March 26: Modern Morals and New World Order – The Cult of Reason and Economic Dominance as Signs of Christian Salvation
The Reformation and Modern periods, leading even into the present day, represented the appropriation of Christian salvation in the service of colonial, economic, technological, and military agendas. The role of Jesus, the crucified servant, was reprised as first world philosopher and king, raising new questions for Christians about the scope and meaning of this death for humanity’s suffering and redemption.

April 2: On Earth As It Is In Heaven – Revisioning Jesus in the Suffering World Today
The world today, characterized by unprecedented opportunity and hazard on a global scale, invites Christians to consider anew the meaning of the suffering of Jesus. In a world of innocent deaths – caused by militarism, poverty, discrimination, and environmental decay- can a single, ancient, innocent death lead to the salvation of the world?