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Treasure in the Field: Salvation in the Bible and in Our Lives, by Robert A. Krieg

Chapter Six: Jesus Christ: God’s Gift and Our Yes


July 1, 2013

“The death of Jesus is a reorientation of human freedom to God so fundamental and consequential that it constitutes a kind of cosmic explosion of possibilities which definitely alters the whole human situation. As the sin of Adam (that is to say, the prototype of all sin) is the centering of reality around oneself in defiance of God, so the life and death of Jesus (to whom Paul refers as the second or last Adam) is the most radical uncentering of self in favor of God that is possible for a human being.”
—Monika K. Hellwig, Understanding Catholicism, pages 101-102. Second Edition. New York: Paulist Press, 2002.

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