In this concluding lecture on the Suffering Servant passage (Isaiah 52:13-53:12), we apply to that scripture the seven concepts discussed in the previous lecture. Using the most quoted verses from the Suffering Servant passage as an epitome of the whole, we construe this much-abused section of the Bible in the light of Mt 8:14-17. The result of interpreting the Suffering Servant passage with the right hermeneutic tools and not isolating it from the rest of the Bible is a passage that fits the restored-icon model, not the vicarious-atonement model.
This lecture also contains two excurses, the first addressing the propriety of Christian gun ownership; the second, the controversy between Catholics and Eastern Orthodox concerning whether the bread of the Eucharist should be leavened or unleavened. Though this may appear to be an instance of straining at a gnat, the real-world consequences of using unleavened bread instead of leavened are serious, indeed.
Audio clips abound in today’s lecture. Among the personalities featured are skeptic Bart Ehrman; Protestants J. Mark Martin, James White, and Paul Washer; and presidential aspirant Howard Dean.
Run time: 31:14; Posted: 12/1/13
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This lecture introduces the competing soteriologies of atonement and redemption. Whereas “atonement” denotes the idea that Christ’s work on the cross is reparation for a wrong or an injury done to God, “redemption” denotes the idea that Christ’s work on the cross rescues mankind from a state of sinfulness. This stipulative definition of redemption forms the core of what will be called the restored-icon model throughout the rest of this series.
The listener will also be cautioned to approach theological authorities with discernment rather than veneration. Veneration of the physician Galen (circa AD 131-201) retarded the study of medicine until Andreas Vesalius (1514-1564) proved by experimentation that Galen’s medical writings were wrong. This lecture applies this lesson to theology.
Run time: 13:14; Posted: 4/18/13