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What must we do to be saved? A critical response to Paul Fiddes, Past Event and Present Salvation.

Rees, Frank D. (2016) What must we do to be saved? A critical response to Paul Fiddes, Past Event and Present Salvation. Pacific Journal of Baptist Research, 11 (1). pp. 5-18. ISSN 1177-0228

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    Abstract

    This paper contributes to a volume devoted to the work of notes British theologian Paul Fiddes, and is addressed specifically to his soteriology, as expressed in his book 'Past Event and Present Salvation'. It provides a summary of the argument, beginning with the contention that all approaches to atonement or salvation themselves imply some concept of the 'problem', the human predicament. After considering other images, Fiddes presents his own idea of the journey of forgiveness. This image is critically appraised. The problem with this focus on forgiveness is the implication that guilt is the fundamental human concern, whereas for many people much larger social and ecological issues are defining concerns. The later part of the paper addresses recent work evaluating the focus upon the death of Jesus: first, when the meaning attributed to that death is separated from his life and ministry, and second in the argument that for the first millennium Christian spirituality focussed much more on the celebration of life in the present world, as created and redeemed by God.

    Item Type: Published Articles
    Repository Version: Published Version
    Keywords (separated by commas): Salvation. Paul Fiddes; Soteriology; Christology; Social Ethics;
    Fields of Research: 22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2204 Religion and Religious Studies > 220401 Christian Studies (incl. Biblical Studies and Church History)
    22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2204 Religion and Religious Studies > 220407 Studies in Religious Traditions (excl. Eastern, Jewish, Christian and Islamic Traditions)
    Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9504 Religion and Ethics > 950404 Religion and Society
    Type of Activity: Applied Research
    Subject Area(s): D - Missiology
    C - Systematic Theology
    Association with University of Divinity: Whitley College
    Depositing User: Rev Dr Frank Rees
    Date Deposited: 25 Aug 2016 15:39
    Last Modified: 25 Aug 2016 15:44
    URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/2156

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