I am continuing to read and reflect on Elizabeth Johnson’s Ask the Beasts.
When I was in seminary long ago I had to read the medieval theologian, Duns Scotus. I had no clue what he was trying to say and pretty much faked my way through an oral presentation about him. Maybe I should have tried harder.
Johnson sets Duns Scotus’ view of the work of Christ over against that of Anselm and most of the western tradition. That tradition says that Christ died for our sins. It, therefore, excludes nature and the cosmos from redemption. Yet there are a number of passages in the New Testament (Colossians 1:15-20, Romans 8:18-25, Ephesians 1:10, Revelation 5:13 and 21:5) that talk about “the whole creation”, “all things”, or “every creature” being redeemed.
According to Johnson, Duns Scotus did not connect redemption directly to human sin. Christ would have come even if humans…
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