Brian Zahnd has come on the scene as of late to popularize an older understanding of the Cross that doesn’t receive as much attention as it should. It’s essentially a view that looks to sacrifice as an accommodation to human standards of retribution by God rather than a ratified idea that God requires for him to relate to us, i.e. sacrifice is necessary because we require it, not God.
If you aren’t satisfied with a primary or regnant retributive view of God and are “looking further”, this short video is for you. But as Father Richard Rohr, reminds us when faced with changing paradigms, it is not necessary to trade one if for another, but rather to “include and transcend“.
1 Therefore, let us leave behind the basic teaching about Christ and advance to maturity, without laying the foundation all over again: repentance from dead works and faith in God, 2 instruction about baptisms and laying on of hands, resurrection of the dead and eternal judgment. 3 And we shall do this, if only God permits. – Hebrews 6:1-3