You are invited to a talk by Neil Mitchell OP. “WHERETO ATONEMENT THEOLOGY?”
Did Jesus die on the cross to reconcile us to the Father? New perspectives in Christian soteriology
Saturday 19 October 2019, 9.30 for 10.00, finishing at 12.15
Harry Wilkinson Community Centre, Rosebank Catholic Church, 16 Keyes Avenue, Rosebank
Parking in St Teresa’s High School grounds in Keyes Avenue just beyond the church
RSVP by Thursday 17 October for purposes of organising tea/coffee/biscuits and seating
Entrance is free
Donations are welcome. Suggested amount R50
Fr Neil Mitchell explains the topic of his talk: “Jesus died for our sins,” we say, “and the cross was necessary for our salvation.” What do we mean? Traditional theories of atonement that explain Jesus’ death on the cross as Jesus’ payment of a debt to God on our behalf, or as a self-giving sacrifice to appease the Father’s wrath at our sins, are coming under increasing scrutiny not only from theologians but also from many ordinary Christians and are being found to be seriously problematic. This presentation will consider these critiques and the pointers which new perspectives in Christian soteriology are offering for an understanding of salvation in Jesus Christ which speaks to the need for liberation from the many forms of human evil prevalent in our time.
While studying at Wits University, Neil Mitchell became active in the anti-militarisation movement out of which the End Conscription Campaign grew. He was also active in Catholic Justice and Peace circles. After a career in education that included teaching in both state and Catholic schools, and working for an education development NGO in rural parts of South Africa, Neil joined the Dominican Order. He trained candidates for the permanent diaconate in the Diocese of Kroonstad and for a time was assistant parish priest in Welkom and Bronville. He is currently the postulant master for the Dominicans in Southern Africa.