Prof George Pfleiderer asks these three questions about the atonement:
- What does it mean to say that it was God and only God, God the creator, who could be the subject of atonement in the events of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ?
- What does it mean to say that the atonement in Jesus Christ is actually unique, ‘objective’, universal, and effective for all who let themselves participate in it?
- What does it mean to say that atonement—although it is unique, objective, universal and effective—is still ongoing, particular, and very often not obviously effective? (Paul Metzger, ed., George Pfleiderer, “Trinitarian Soundings in Systematic Theology,” 131)
These are three “golden” questions, I look forward to seeing how he will answer them (which he is about to do in the chapter). In the mean time, if you have any thoughts, any answers, or any questions in regards to these questions; then voice them, I would love to hear your thoughts!
Pfleiderer is going to be answering these questions by appealing to both Barth and Colin Gunton’s thoughts and trajectories in this direction; this should be interesting, it might clear up some of the ambiguity that Barth left on his ‘universalist’ tendencies . . . but then again, maybe not!