Saved by Trauma: A Psychoanalytical Reading of the Atonement

Two Good Fridays’ ago I wrote about a few, specifically four, possible ways to understand what ‘happened’ on the Cross. That T-shaped thing at the front and center of every church; every Christian knows that Jesus ‘died for us’ somehow but apart from the usual He-Paid-The-Divine-Legal-Penalty-Meant-For-Us perspective there’s hardly much discussion of it (at least not in Malaysian churches).

This article represents a fifth view. It views the human problem as one characterised by ontological trauma and argues that Jesus’ death was a traumatic victory over said trauma, a process which transformed the divine ontology as well.

Check it out.

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Edu-trainer, Žižek studies, amateur theologian, columnist.

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