A trinitarian view of Jesus' death and resurrection

You may find interesting two recent posts from Tony Jones on The New Christians blog (at Beliefnet).  Tony presents a trinitarian perspective on Jesus' death (click here) and resurrection (click here). This perspective is presented in contrast to a view of these events seen through the the lens of the "penal substitution" theory of the atonement.  I think Jones' arguments are worth considering.


don said…
Hi Ted, Enjoyed Tony Jones blog concerning the Trinitarian view of Jesus’ death and resurrection however he makes a statement that I find a little difficult to understand. I quote him here; “Had Jesus been cognizant of his divinity, he would not have been truly tempted.”
At baptism Jesus hears the words “this is my son…” and is challenged during the encounter with Satan’s words “If you are the son…” I concur with Capon’s view that Jesus grew in understanding his role as the Messiah as his ministry progressed but Tony Jones’ statement seems a little over the top. What say ye? don
Mark Stapleton said…
Ted -
We, too, read Tony's posts recently. Good stuff. We regularlly read Tony and others of his ilk - it seems there is a stirring, a movement afoot in regard to Trinitarian ideals. Wayne Jacobson and Brad Cummings' most recent podcast (thegodjourney.com) is titled "What Really Happened on the Cross?". Worth a listen.
Thanks for your "treasure trove" of writing. Mark Stapleton
Ted Johnston said…
Thanks Don & Mark for your comments.

Don, I'm with you in questioning Jones' assertion that Jesus was not cognizant of his divinity. I think Capon is correct that Jesus grew in his understanding of this truth. But at some point, Jesus did become fully cognizant, yet he continued throughout his journey to the cross to deny to himself the prerogatives of that divinity. For example, he knew in the garden that he could, as the Lord of hosts, call down legions of angels to deliver him. But he did not - he limited himself to his humanity - and all for us.

Mark, I too read Jones from time to time. Sometimes I agree and sometimes I do not. But what I find intriguing is the trinitarian conversation that is occurring within the emergent (or "emerging") church movement (in which Jones is a leading voice). This movement is all over the map theologically while it searches for a theology that is faithful to Jesus, to Scripture, and "speaks" to the post-modern culture the emergent church seeks to reach.

I have found very helpful the book by Ray Anderson titled, "An Emergent Theology for Emerging Churches." Anderson sets forth a trinitarian theology that I hope this movement will embrace. It needs a sure theological compass, and this theology is, in my view, what is needed.