Emerging Atonement: Story telling

In Alan Mann’s Atonement for a ‘Sinless’ Society, which drew plenty of healthy comment yesterday, there is a big-time emphasis on narrative or story. Whether we talk like this or even think like this or not, “story” or “narrative” gives meaning to our lives. We make sense of our life and our world by telling [Read More…]

Emerging Atonement: What is sin?

The closest thing I’ve seen to an emerging theory of the atonement is that of Alan Mann, in his book Atonement for a ‘Sinless’ Society: Engaging with an emerging culture, in the new Paternoster series called Faith in an Emerging Culture. Because some of you will be interested, here’s the Amazon link. There are three [Read More…]

Atonement: An Emerging Issue 3

One of England’s better known Christians, Steve Chalke, has written a book about Jesus that addresses the atonement in his final chapter: “One Act, Two Scenes.” The book is called The Lost Message of Jesus. [Read more…]

Atonement: An Emerging Issue 3

One of England’s better known Christians, Steve Chalke, has written a book about Jesus that addresses the atonement in his final chapter: “One Act, Two Scenes.” The book is called The Lost Message of Jesus. [Read more…]

Atonement: An Emerging Issue 2

Is the doctrine of penal substitution “divine child abuse”? If you haven’t seen this expression before, keep your eyes open because more and more are using it as a rhetorical weapon against the traditional (Reformed) view of atonement. [Read more…]

Atonement: An Emerging Issue

Atonement is an emerging issue, both for the emerging movement and for traditional evangelical Protestantism. I’m working on a book for Abingdon on atonement, and presently sorting out some of the literature. The volume by Charles Hill and Frank James III, The Glory of the Atonement (IVP, 2004), represents a strong-minded strand: the evangelical Reformed [Read More…]

Do you know who said this?

Here’s another one on atonement: “The logic of punishment was a logic of equivalence (the wages of sin is death); the logic of grace is a logic of surplus and excess.” [Read more…]

Do you know who said this?

Atonement is “the radical newness of the practice of the gospel, as over against the tolerated violence of all other human practices.” Jesus’ death is efficacious, not because it satisfies God… but “because it is the inauguration of the ‘political’ practice of forgiveness … The practice is itself continuing atonement.” Answer: Do you think atonement [Read More…]

Atonement and Postmodernity

An excellent brief on how postmodernity intersects with how we understand atonement can be found in Michael Alsford’s essay, “The Atonement and the Post-Modern Deconstruction of the Self,” in J. Goldingay, Atonement Today (pp. 203-221). Essentially, Alsford contends that postmodernity forces the question of the dethronement of the self which modernity enthroned. [Read more…]

Anti-Semitism and Atonement

I’ve not read it put any better than this when it comes to how Jews respond to the cross and how Christians depict it: “There is a glaring contradiction between a theological tradition [of anti-Semitism] which sets the cross against Israel and uses it to justify setting the Christian community against Israel when the event [Read More…]


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