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Atonement and Violence A Theological Conversation Recent years have witnessed a series of books articles and lectures raising serious questions about the Christian doctrine of the Atonement While coming from a variety of sources the questions usua

  • Title: Atonement and Violence: A Theological Conversation
  • Author: John Sanders
  • ISBN: 9780687342945
  • Page: 343
  • Format: Paperback
  • Atonement and Violence: A Theological Conversation By John Sanders, Recent years have witnessed a series of books, articles, and lectures raising serious questions about the Christian doctrine of the Atonement While coming from a variety of sources, the questions usually center around the central issue of atonement and violence Doesn t the Atonement promote the idea of violence on the part of God If so, isn t such violence incompatibleRecent years have witnessed a series of books, articles, and lectures raising serious questions about the Christian doctrine of the Atonement While coming from a variety of sources, the questions usually center around the central issue of atonement and violence Doesn t the Atonement promote the idea of violence on the part of God If so, isn t such violence incompatible with a God of love Doesn t this doctrine send the wrong signal, excusing and perhaps even promoting such things as child abuse Is it time to abandon what has become an outmoded and harmful doctrine The authors of this book claim that to abandon the Christian doctrine of the Atonement is to abandon the central witness of the gospel, for atonement speaks of nothing less than God s reconciliation of the world in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ However, to believe in the atoning death of Jesus Christ does not mean that one believes that God has engaged in cosmic child abuse Drawing on the classical theories of the Atonement, engaging in creative theological construction, they present set of cogent, cohesive alternatives to either rejecting the doctrine out of hand, or uncritically accepting it Contributors include J Denny Weaver, Bluffton University Narrative Christus Victor The Answer to Anselmian Atonement Violence Thomas Finger, Associated Mennonite Seminary Christus Victor as Nonviolent Atonement Hans Boersma, Regent College, Vancouver, British Columbia Violence, the Cross, and Divine Intentionality A Modified Reformed View and T Scott Daniels, Pasadena First Church of the Nazarene Passing the Peace Worship That Shapes Nonsubstitutionary Convictions.

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    1. Four contributors combine to form a worthy addition to the atonement conversation The format is similar to the viewpoints books published by Zondervan, in which one author presents his view and the others follow with a critique.On the table for discussion is the question God s intention regarding the violence suffered by Jesus The editor, John Sanders author of The God Who Risks and No Other Name , sets the stage with a few questions If God the Father used the cross of Christ to redeem us, did t [...]

    2. As with all multiple views books, this was uneven With the exception of Boersma, each of the authors presupposed that violence is immoral For them, apparently, this is a self evident and obvious This foundational element to their writing was not proven or argued, just presupposed They Weaver, Daniels, and Finger then made no effort to explain what the numerous biblical passages that speak to God judging in violent ways meant in light of the immorality of violence I suppose this was self evident [...]

    3. From the perspective of non violent atonement, good articles giving an overview of the various positions But no real defense of PSA Boersma does not count, and he states in Hospitality and Violence that he does not hold to PSA.

    4. An easy to read overview of some of the recent understandings of the atonement, especially from pacifist leaning scholarship There will, though, be few areas of agreement for most evangelicals Interesting and frustrating at the same time.

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