Em Griffin writes, in MAKING FRIENDS, about three kinds of London maps: the street map, the map depicting throughways, and the underground map of the subway. “Each map is accurate and correct,” he writes, “but each map does not give the complete picture. To see the whole, the three maps must be printed one on top of each other. However, that is often confusing, so I use only one layer at a time.
“It is the same with the words used to describe the death of Jesus Christ. Each word, like redemption, reconciliation, or justification, is accurate and correct, but each word does not give the complete picture. To see the whole we need to place one layer one top of the other, but that is sometimes confusingwe cannot see the trees for the whole! So we separate out each splendid concept and discover that the whole is more than the sum of its parts.” - John Ross