Redemptive Suffering: Christ's Alone
Scottish Journal of Theology
In recent years feminists and others have taken issue with traditional understandings of the atonement. Part of their criticism has been the assertion that to glorify Christ's suffering entails glorifying all suffering, a connection that potentially leads to abusive behaviour. Suffering, they claim, is not redemptive - ever. In this article I argue that, based on the biblical text, at least one instance of suffering, the suffering of Christ, is redemptive. In addition, I argue that redemptive suffering is unique to Christ. Human suffering is not redemptive and should not be spoken of in those terms. © 2007 Scottish Journal of Theology Ltd.
VandenBerg, Mary, "Redemptive Suffering: Christ's Alone" (2007). Seminary Faculty Publications. 28.