Doctrine of Reconciliation:
Roadmap for our Course
'Salvation' Is Ground Zero of the Christian Faith
What is salvation?
Adrian Hastings: "Few words proper to Christianity's core vocabulary have at present a less defined meaning" ("Salvation", in Hastings, ed., Oxford Companion to Christian Thought).
Paul transmits the creed of 1 Cor 15:3-5 "as of first importance."
'The apostolic preaching' takes the story of Jesus Christ as culminating in salvation (Acts 2:38-47 and many others).
Paul's gospel is "the power of God unto salvation" (Rom 1:16-17).
The first Gospel teaches Jesus' story as "the good news" (Mark 1:1).
This good news is the reconciliation of God and
in Jesus Christ (Eph 1:10).
A Theological Schema William H. Willimon and Stanley Hauerwas, Lord, Teach Us:
Christian prayer remembers, clarifies, and furthers God's reconciliation of all things.
Jesus as the Reconciliation of the Father Lesslie Newbigin, The Light Has Come: An Exposition of the Fourth Gospel (ecumenical/postliberal/missional CSI):
To reflect on the story of Jesus is to discern the story of salvation.
Salvation Is the Love of the Triune God of Holiness
Benedict XVI, Deus Caritas Est (as Catholic as the Pope):
Trinity is the love who is God, making love essential to the being of the Church.
The Reign of God Is Salvation's Political Shape Stanley Hauerwas, The Peaceable Kingdom: A Primer in Christian Ethics (Methodist/"high-church Mennonite"):
The body of Christ embodies God's salvation to the world.
Jesus Saves by Reigning from the Tree
Gerhard O. Forde, On Being a Theologian of the Cross: Reflections on Luther's Heidelberg Disputation, 1518 (Lutheran):
The cross is definitive of truly Christian soteriology.
Salvation Is Not Merely Future but Every Time, Everywhere
Volker Küster, The Many Faces of Jesus Christ (liberationist/postcolonial):
Global ('catholic?') soteriology appreciates Jesus contextually and thus multiculturally.
Reconciliation Is the Reality of God's Grace
Miroslav Volf, Free of Charge: Giving and Forgiving in a Culture Stripped of Grace (postliberal Reformed evangelical):
Grace is a radical, costly alternative to contemporary culture.
Salvation Renews All the Corrupted and Dying Creation
David H. Kelsey, Imagining Redemption (postliberal Reformed):
God's covenant of redemption is fulfilled in a concrete contemporary life.
Reconciliation Is the Character of the Ascended Son
Maximus the Confessor, On the Cosmic Mystery of Jesus Christ (patristic/Orthodox):
The whole cosmos is transfigured the one divine-human Christ.
These Things Are One Salvation
These elements of Christian soteriology are
the fulfillment of the one will of the Father, the one work of the Son, and the one power of the Holy Spirit,
products of centuries of Christian reflection on Christian life,
implications and confirmations of the core message of the Holy Bible, and
the purpose — calling — vocation of disciples of Jesus Christ.
To know them is not just to hear them but do them (James 1:22-27).