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sermonette: Eucatastrophe

Catastrophe That Results in Good
Richard T. Ritenbaugh
Given 18-Sep-10; Sermon #1012s; 17 minutes

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Richard Ritenbaugh, examining the works of philologist and author, J.R.R. Tolkien, stated that fantasy is a good way of looking at reality in a new perspective from the vantage point of eucatastrophe, an unraveling that ends up good. The Bible contains a number of eucatastrophes, including the Flood, the wilderness wanderings, the return of the exiles from Babylon, the conversion of the apostle Paul, and the life, death, and resurrection of Christ, a tragedy that turns into good. Jesus was despised, afflicted, bruised, and grieved, but still willing to suffer death for all of mankind. His death enabled our atonement and reconciliation with God.