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As the sombre observance of Good Friday approaches it is important to reflect on the horrifying reality of the cross which stands at the centre of Christian faith.

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Cynthia Bourgeault: Substitutionary atonement theology was there from the beginning in the Old Testament in the Temple theology with its sacrificial system and they just took the system and that was in place thirty years after Jesus’ death.

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Richard Rohr: If holy affirming is first of all life, then the holy denying is almost inevitable, otherwise we would idolize the holy affirming. It keeps everything flowing. We can’t have it forever. Everything passes away. This everything that passes away is also reborn in God.

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The extraordinary challenge of thinking about the cross of Christ is clear in the variety of ways the cross has been viewed by Christian theologians. The attempt to understand what happened in the death of Christ on the cross is called the Doctrine of the Atonement.

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