Johnson-cosmic redemption


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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My name is James Pate. This blog is about my journey. I read books. I watch movies and TV shows. I go to church. I try to find meaning. And, when I can’t do that, I just talk about stuff that I find interesting. I have degrees in fields of religious studies. I have an M.Phil. in the History of Biblical Interpretation from Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati, Ohio. I also have an M.A. in Hebrew Bible from Jewish Theological Seminary, an M.Div. from Harvard Divinity School, and a B.A. from DePauw University.
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  1. Interesting 🙂


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