Isaiah’s Suffering Servant is said to prefigure Jesus, and so it does. “You were pierced for our offenses, crushed for our sins.” Words such as these gave rise to Substitutionary Atonement Theology, the notion that the sins of Adam and Eve and every sin thereafter have so infuriated God that God demanded a perfect sacrifice to atone for them, the suffering and death of God’s Only Begotten. As you may know, this thinking did not come about until about a thousand years ago with Anselm of Canterbury. Not everyone agreed with him. It does not fit with our all-loving, all-merciful God. But it became “the most unfortunately successful piece of theology ever written.” [Richard Rohr, Eager to Love, 183] It has proved to be a very effective tool of fear and guilt to keep the faithful in line.
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Our sister community in Toledo, Ohio is Holy Spirit Catholic Community.