Approaching the Atonement
In many ways, the death of Jesus Christ on the cross stands at the heart of the Christian faith. But how should we understand the theological significance of Christ's death? Should we limit our doctrine of the atonement to the...
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In many ways, the death of Jesus Christ on the cross stands at the heart of the Christian faith. But how should we understand the theological significance of Christ's death? Should we limit our doctrine of the atonement to the cross, or is Christ's work more expansive than that? How should we account for the violence of this event? Theologian Oliver Crisp explores such questions around the meaning of the cross and the various ways that the death of Jesus has been interpreted in the church's history-from ransom theory in the early church to penal substitutionary theory to more recent feminist critiques. What emerges from this study is a more complex, expansive, and fruitful understanding of the atonement and its significance for the Christian faith today.
Oliver D. Crisp (Ph.D., King's College, University of London) is Lecturer in Theology at the University of Bristol. Crisp is an evangelical philosophical theologian who completed his doctoral studies under Paul Helm. Previously, he taught at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland (2002-2004), and held the Frederick J. Crosson Research Fellowship in the Center for Philosophy of Religion, University of Notre Dame, USA (2004-2005). He was visiting lecturer at Regent College, Vancouver lecturing on Christology.
His published works include Jonathan Edwards: Philosophical Theologian (Ashgate, 2003), edited with Paul Helm, bringing together state-of-the-art essays from leading theologians and philosophers from the USA and UK on Edwards; also published Jonathan Edwards and the Metaphysics of Sin (Ashgate, 2005) and An American Augustinian: Sin and Salvation in the Dogmatic Theology of William G. T. Shedd
Two volumes on Christology; Divinity and Humanity: the Incarnation Reconsidered (Cambridge, 2007) and God Incarnate: Explorations in Christology(T & T Clark, 2009).
Forthcoming works include An Essay on Original Sin (Oxford University Press, 2010); Analytic Theology, edited with Michael Rea (Oxford University Press, 2008); A Reader in Contemporary Philosophical Theology (Continuum, 2008); Retrieving Dogmatics: Essays in Reformed Theology (Paternoster, 2010) and Helm on Philosophy of Religion: Collected Essays of Paul Helm (Ashgate, 2010).
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- In Many Ways, The Death Of Jesus Christ On The Cross Stands At The Heart Of The Christian Faith. But How Should We Understand The Theological Significance Of Christ's Death? Should We Limit Our Doctrine Of The Atonement To The Cross, Or Is Christ's Work More Expansive Than That? How Should We Account For The Violence Of This Event? Theologian Oliver Crisp Explores Such Questions Around The Meaning Of The Cross And The Various Ways That The Death Of Jesus Has Been Interpreted In The Church's History-from Ransom Theory In The Early Church To Penal Substitutionary Theory To More Recent Feminist Critiques. What Emerges From This Study Is A More Complex, Expansive, And Fruitful Understanding Of The Atonement And Its Significance For The Christian Faith Today.
- 1. Approaching The Atonement
- 2. Several Patristic Accounts Of Atonement
- 3. The Ransom Account Of Atonement
- 4. The Satisfaction Doctrine Of Atonement
- 5. Moral Exemplarism And Atonement
- 6. Penal Substitutionary Atonement
- 7. Governmental And Vicarious Penitence Doctrines Of Atonement
- 8. The Problem Of Atoning Violence
- 9. Mashup And Kaleidoscopic Accounts Of Atonement
- 10. Participation And Atonement
- Glossary Of Terms