The Benefits Of Redemption In Delores Williams's Why God Become Man

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One of the principle benefits of Christology is that of redemption. Redemption is the means to be saved from sin. In Why God Became Man, Anselm asks “by what logic or necessity did God become man, and by his death, as we believe and profess, and restore life to the world, when he could have done this through the agency of some other person, angelic or human or simply by willing it? ” Here Anselm explores the need of humanity which is that of redemption; how humanity is redeemed through Christ’s death and what are the implication and value in Christ’s death going forward. Building upon why God became man, Anselm contends that through Christ’s, willed and self-voluntary death, recompense for humanity’s sin is paid and human nature is restored. …show more content…
Here Williams’ uses the biblical narrative of the African slave woman’s experience of Hagar to introduce surrogacy; the act of being put in the place of another. Williams uses this narrative to compare the surrogacy of Hagar to the surrogacy of Jesus. Williams argues that Jesus “represents the ultimate surrogate figure; he stands in place of someone else; sinful humankind. ” Her theology illustrates that since Christ is the surrogate for humanity, to reverence his death is to celebrate suffering and make exploitation sacred. Instead, Williams would argue that humanity’s redemption is in the resurrection of Christ and not his death. This argument is a major difference between theologies of Delores Williams and Anselm. According to Williams, “Jesus came to show humans life – to show redemption through a perfect ministerial vision of righting relations between body (individual and community), mind (of humans and of traditions) and spirit. ” Ministerial vision is the attempt to perfect wrongs produced by sin. Through ministerial vision, humanity is liberated, restored, healed, and transformed. Though Jesus died, His resurrection was the reminder that he overcame …show more content…
She states that “according to the codes of chivalry in Anselm’s time, one atoned for a crime either by receiving punishment or by providing satisfaction to the injured person. Since God did not want to punish humans forever (which is the sin deserved) and since humans have no means to render satisfaction to the injured honor of God, the deity, Godself, made restitution for humanity. ” God satisfied God’s own argue that Christ had to die to redeem humanity. Another place of disagreement is surrounded by Christ’s death. Anselm paints Christ’s death beautifully when Christ was hung and died in the midst of thieves, He experienced weariness, hunger, and thirst, yet in that suffering, he was exalted and in his death, there lays power. Alternatively, Williams argues that there is nothing divine or redemptive about

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