"Sin isn't relevant anymore." Alan Mann takes seriously this often-heard assertion and instead goes in search of the real plight at the heart of contemporary western society. What he finds there is a personal, pervasive, and self-diminishing disease impacting the lives of millions of people: shame. With this insight, Atonement for a Sinless Society seeks a fresh encounter with the biblical narrative, building a more meaningful understanding of the story of Jesus and his disciples for the world in which we live and, in doing so, bringing the Christian understanding of atonement into the twenty-first century.
Alan Mann is a writer and author. He has worked in education and for several leading Christian organisations. His works include A Permanent Becoming (2008); and with Steve Chalke MBE, The Lost Message of Jesus (2003) and Different Eyes (2010).
(More) Musings and Methodology Part 1 The Stories We Tell 1 A Narrative-Shift towards Innocence 2 Recognizing Shame 3 Shame and Atonement: Some Issues to Consider Part 2 The Function of Narrative 4 Narrative Now 5 Narrative Possibilities 6 Narrative, and Christian Soteriology Part 3 The Intent of Jesus in the Gospels 7 Jesus Narrates His Intent: A Story of Coherence 8 Judas and the Disciples: Stories of Incoherence 9 From 'Death' to Life: The Hope of Human Coherence Part 4 Indwelling the Counter Narrative 10 A Rite of Identification 11 A Confrontation with Self 12 An Act of Communion The End of the Beginning: Some Closing Thoughts Bibliography