Reflection on the Cross

Being Lutherans, both Gerhard Forde and Volker Küster focus on a theologia crucis in appraising theologians and their proposals. However, not all God's children are Lutherans. Küster's closing comments mention Eastern Orthodoxy's so-called theologia gloriae and some of the non-'Western' theologies that resemble it, and less critically than one might expect. His own focus is much more hermeneutical than formally theological; I am more interested in exposing you to these people's Christologies and soteriologies.

Fabricate a conversation between two of Küster's featured theologians and Gerhard Forde in front of the audience of your choice, in which they appraise each other's vision of Jesus' place in Christian soteriology. You are the moderator, adding your own comments and questions where appropriate in order to bring each into exchange with the others and to educate your audience not only about them but about their strengths and weaknesses.

Given the space constraints, you will want everyone's comments including yours to be pithy indeed, giving us a very firm and powerful indication of where everyone stands. That will take some rather clear understanding of their arguments.

If you want further basic grounding in basic Christian soteriology, I suggest your past theology textbooks and Doctrine notes as well as the outline for a sermon I delivered some time ago called "Why the Cross?" It seeks to intersect for a lay audience the threefold office of Christ (prophet, priest, and king) and the major theories of atonement (sacrifice, victory, and example) through biblical texts.

Please keep your paper 3-4 pages, double-spaced, and follow the directions in my handout for writing papers. Remember, I want to see proper style, clear writing, a thorough answer to the question, and explicit citations of course materials.

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