God Killed Jesus (Responsibility & Christianity)





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Published on Mar 28, 2010

The Christian tradition has attempted to hold a number of people and things responsible for the execution of Jesus, but analysis reveals that the only one responsible for it is the Christian god.

Isn't it a sin only when a person does something God does NOT want the person to do?

Carl Ginet's "In Defense of the Principle of Alternative Possibilities: Why I Don't Find Frankfurt's Argument Convincing": http://www.jstor.org/pss/2216254

By the way, I've gotten a lot of comments and questions about the notion that Jesus' death should be viewed as a suicide or felo-de-se. That seems quite reasonable to me given what appears in the New Testament -- see, e.g., John 10:17-18 ( http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?... ). Moreover, as Raymond Brown points out in his "The Death of the Messiah", a number of early Christian writers believed Jesus' death to have been miraculous and completely under Jesus' control. See, e.g., Tertullian, who in his Apology claims that on the cross Jesus "with a word expressing his own will dismissed his spirit, forestalling the work of the executioners." (Link to the quoted section of Tertullian's Apology: http://www.ccel.org/ccel/schaff/anf03... ) In short, Jesus killed himself.

Music (intro and outro): "All Glory, Laud, and Honor"

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