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N.T. Wright on Expiation and Propitiation

Many are confused about these terms. RSV is one that uses expiation. KJV, ESV, HCSB and a few others use propitiation. Others like NRSV and NIV will use sacrifice of atonement or atoning sacrifice and NET uses mercy seat. You’ll have to go somewhere else for the latter. This quote below seems to be the simplest way to put it, although I think propitiation is more complex than stated, as I’m sure N.T. Wright would know. If you want to be even more confused, read Moo’s commentary on Romans (library book)! I’m not knocking him, I just couldn’t make much sense of it. But he did make a case for using ‘sacrifice of atonement’ because propitiation might not quite cover it. Propitiation used to be a shibboleth for me but I’ve loosened up on that.

I hope this simple explanation helps people who don’t know what these words mean to get a basic idea.

In his explanation of Romans 3:21-26 in the NIB Romans commentary, Wright states,

Dealing with wrath or punishment is propitiation; with sin, expiation. You propitiate a person who is angry; you expiate a sin, crime, or stain on your character. Vehement rejection of the former idea in many quarters has led some to insist that only ‘expiation’ is in view here. But the fact remains that in Romans 1:18-3:20 Paul has declared that the wrath of God is revealed against all ungodliness and wickedness and that despite God’s forbearance this will finally be meted out. (p. 476)

Sorry I forgot who to give the Hat Tip (HT) to.

The Rebirth of Virtue: An Interview with N.T. Wright

The Rebirth of Virtue: An Interview with N.T. Wright by Trevin Wax

I really like the content of this interview. Much of it could be applied to blogging in some ways. I won’t mention the things I disagree with because I’d be repeating myself and that’s not the purpose of this post. I imagine this would be a good book that many would shy away from.

In fact many of the negative things he mentions are things I see in the biblioblogosphere.

[W]e modern westerners – and even more postmodern westerners – are trained by the media and public discourse to think that “letting it all out” and “doing what comes naturally” are the criteria for how to behave. There is a sense in which they are – but only when the character has been trained so that “what comes naturally” is the result of that habit-forming [virtuous] training.

I’m not going to write much on it but I’ll just say it saddens me to see a lot of what goes on in blogs and lack of personal holiness, belief in God’s sovereignty, truthfulness of Scripture (this is not related to any posts within the last couple of days), not relating charitably with each other etc. I’m guilty myself of course and am always working on my attitude and how I present opinions and ideas without being disingenuous.

I’ve eliminated my Blogroll because I’m going to be reading less blogs and I don’t want to feel like I’m an Endorser of blogs or anything. This also takes stress off of deciding what to add or remove.

That sounded so stern. I really love you guys and gals.

1 Peter 1:14-16
So you must live as God’s obedient children. Don’t slip back into your old ways of living to satisfy your own desires. You didn’t know any better then.15 But now you must be holy in everything you do, just as God who chose you is holy.16 For the Scriptures say, “You must be holy because I am holy.”