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The Father's Will: Christ's Crucifixion and the Goodness of God

Nicholas E. Lombardo


The night before his crucifixion, in the garden of Gethsemane, Jesus asks his Father to take away the cup of his suffering, but then says, “not my will, but yours, be done.” Shortly afterward, Judas arrives, and his arrival reveals something important about the Father’s will. Nonetheless, much remains obscure. The sheer fact of Christ’s crucifixion shows only that God was not willing to spare his Son. It does not shed any light on the positive content of the Father’s will. Drawing on philosophical analysis and historical-critical exegesis, The Father’s Will sets out to clarify the Father’s wil ... More

Keywords: God, Father, Will, Crucifixion, Anselm, Abelard, goodness, ransom, salvation, redemption

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199688586
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199688586.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Nicholas E. Lombardo, author
Assistant Professor of Historical and Systematic Theology, The Catholic University of America