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Thomas McCall writes to save us from some of the distortions of the gospel that violate the nature and work of the Triune God. We sometimes speak as if in the death of Christ, the trinity was broken as God turned his back on his son. Or we oppose the wrath of the Father to the love of the Son on the cross. Sometimes we treat the death of Christ as little more than a tragic accident. Or we speak of salvation only in a forensic sense of dealing with our guilt before God without transforming our li ...more
The cross is the Triune God's way of addressing human sinfulness and reconciling the world to Godself. Yet theologians and popular preachers make certain inferences which undermine a robust doctrine of the Trinity. In Forsaken: The Trinity and the Cross, and Why it Matters, Thomas McCall (associate professor of biblical and systematic theology at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School) aims at answering some of the thorny questions people ask when they consider the cross and the Trinity. The title ...more
Most excellent! McCall sets out to clear up some bad theology, and he does it well. Very readable and power packed with many deep insights. The first chapter should be a "must read" for preachers and teachers. In it he asks the question: "Did God the Father really turn His back on Jesus as He hung on the cross?" McCall opposes popular theology (siding instead with classic theology) and answers: "No!"
I greatly appreciate the fact that McCall engages many dialogue partners and looks at this subje
Jan 26, 2013 Doug rated it 3 of 5 stars