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Thursday, January 15, 2009
Double Crucifixion. Part I - Introduction
The writers of scripture sometimes used a form of argumentation by which a wrong line of reasoning was shown to be absurd by following that reasoning to its logical and inescapable conclusion. This form of argumentation is popular enough that it has its own fancy Latin name, "reductio ad absurdum" (reduction to the absurd).

Paul, for example, in 1 Corinthians 15, is by no means suggesting that there is no resurrection from the dead, but is showing that if we follow the premise that there is no resurrection from the dead we come to the inescapable conclusion that Christ could not have been resurrected. The absurdity of that conclusion is shown in that if it were actually so, then all of Christianity would be bunk. Paul could have taken the reader through an extended expository survey of the OT scriptures to make the same point, but instead chooses to use the form of argumentation we just described - dismissing incorrect doctrine by demonstrating that when one follows that doctrine they eventually come to an impossible conclusion.

Thus when I ask: How many times can Jesus be crucified for your "all" sins? I expect only two answers, either, "once", or "more than once", and because I plan to use that particular form of argument to show that a believer will not (and cannot) lose his or her salvation and thereafter be saved all over again, I shall explore the idea that a believer can be saved more than once, and therefore that Jesus can die for their sins more than once.

I don't plan to flog around the bushes with much showmanship and little to show for the effort either; that is, I am not asking the question in order to provide a pleasant and pointless theological meditation; but ask the question as an apologetic starting place in articulating what I believe scripture teaches: the eternal security of the believer.

Anticipating an abysmal deficiency in attention spans, I will break this post up into several bite size pieces, and post it over a few days.


posted by Daniel @ 10:46 AM  
  • At 5:34 PM, January 15, 2009, Blogger Bryan said…

    Just to follow that line of reasoning through (skipping many, many steps here), then Christ's death was only for the elect and there was no well meant offer?

    Do I have to go back and show my work, or do you follow? ;)

    Really quickly (And I mean really, quickly, still skipping things):

    Christ's death actually dealt with all a person's sin --> Once that death happened the sin was dealt with --> Scripture tells us not everyone will have their sin dealt with --> Their sin therefore wasn't dealt with on the cross --> Therefore not everyone can have their sin dealt with --> There can be no offer of salvation to some.

    Sorry, I know it's offer topic, but it's been on my mind of late.

    Oh, and your reductio ad absurdum (Which is probably the most powerful type of argument out there)only works if all parties agree on the substitionary theory of the atonement, as well as some other background stuff. The only way to beat a reductio is to disagree with definitions (well not the only if the reductio itself can be shown to be inconsistent). It's like in any of Plato's works, the first time a poor soul says yes to Socrates he's finished.

  • At 6:00 PM, January 15, 2009, Blogger Daniel said…

    Bryan, I think you correctly anticipate me, though my understanding of the atonement is not the classical "substitutionary" model. You are correct as well in understanding that an argument that is reduced to the absurd is only as convincing as the premises upon which it is built - but such is every argument no?

    I believe that Socrates was poorly depicted in Bill and Ted's excellent adventure.

  • At 6:28 PM, January 15, 2009, Blogger Bryan said…

    Although I disagree with the Socrates that Plato portrays at a decent number of points, he is by far my favorite philosopher to read and I do believe that no one since has had the skills of argumentation that he had. After Plato give my Augustine (Although I consider him more a theologian), and then any ancient philosopher. The modern/post-moderns have their bright spots and many are quite interesting to read (George Berkley, Nietzsche, Vico and TS Kuhn all come to mind as interesting to read), but on a whole are far below those who came before them.

    As for Bill and Ted's excellent adventure, it may not portray him well, but man is that ever a great movie!

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