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“The Wrath of God Stuff Bothers Me…..”

angry cartoon godAs I noted in a previous blog, Brian McLaren spoke in Ft.Wayne, on March 20 sponsored by theĀ  Indiana Center for Middle East Peace. He spoke about the Israel/Palestine conflict, Christian antisemitism and Religion and Violence and violent passages in sacred writings. Brian is very interested in mimetic theory as postulated by Rene Girard. Brian first introduced me to Girard through his blog and especially two books which touch on the subject, The Jesus Driven Life by Michael Hardin and Compassion or Apocalypse:A Comprehensible Guide to the Thought of Rene Girard by James Warren, which Brian highly recommends as a user-friendly book to better understand Girard’s work. I am about half way through both.

There has been much thought recently about the violence of God and the Penal, Substitutionary Atonement Theory or as Nadia Bolz-Weber calls it, “God as the Divine Child abuser who sent his little boy, and he only had one, to die for our sins, because God was so pissed-off and demanded payment for our misdeeds.” (My loose, but fairly accurate paraphrase both from hearing her speak in person on this and see Animate: Faith.) So about a week ago I wrote Brian an e-mail asking about a “Wrath of God “passage in Romans that was in the epistle reading for the 2nd Sunday after Brian spoke to us. My question and Brian’s answer through a guest posting by Michael Hardin follows here.

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