With the subject of the atonement of Christ attracting such a lot of polemical work at this time, it is easy to conclude that the current debate is generating more heat than light. 'Atonement Theories' presents the beginning student, pastor, or researcher with an accessible and fair treatment of every school of thought on this subject. 'Atonement Theories' signifcantly updates previous histories of the doctrine, providing analysis of some fascinating and highly signifcant recent developments. It also intriguingly highlights at various points where aspects of this central message of Christianity might find a connection within contemporary culture. It aims to empower the reader to quickly gain a working knowledge of current debates and the history behind them.
Ben Pugh is Lecturer in Theology at Cliff College, UK. He is the author of 'Th e King of the Jews' (2014).
Acknowledgments Introduction Part One: Christus Victor 1 The Ransom to Satan 2 Recapitulation and Theosis Part Two: Objective Theories 3 Satisfaction Guaranteed: Anselm 4 Luther and Calvin 5 The Nineteenth Century 6 Twentieth and Twenty-First Century Developments Part Three: Subjective Theories 7 The Cross as Transformative Revelation 8 The Spirit Comes from the Cross: The Pneumatological Synthesis Part Four: A New Option? Anthropological Theories 9 The Story of Nonviolent Atonement 10 The Way Through the Maze: Some Initial Deductions Conclusion Bibliography