He made this statement quoting a "friend": "The traditional understanding (of the atonement) says that God asks of us something that God is incapable of Himself. God asks us to forgive people. But God is incapable of forgiving. God can’t forgive unless He punishes somebody in place of the person He was going to forgive. God doesn’t say things to you—Forgive your wife, and then go kick the dog to vent your anger. God asks you to actually forgive. And there’s a certain sense that, a common understanding of the atonement presents a God who is incapable of forgiving. Unless He kicks somebody else."
"Unless God kicks somebody else?" God didn't kick somebody else, God took the sin of the world on his shoulders willingly, He wasn't taking it out on "someone else". The only way you can make a statement like that is if you do not believe in the divinity of Jesus nor the trinity. I have disagreed with Brian on things in the past, as I'm sure most of you have, but this isn't something I can ignore or just sweep under the rug. I'm not sure why I should keep reading a guy who not only endorses Marcus Borg and Crossan but rejects the divinity of Jesus in the same interview. Wow.