Problems with Atonement: The Origins Of, and Controversy About, the Atonement Doctrine

Liturgical Press, 2005 - 144 páginas
The origins of atonement are found in Paul?s writings. Popular Christian theology has understood them to mean that God demanded a bloody victim to pay for human sin. In Problems with Atonement Stephen Finlan examines the Christian doctrine of atonement and current debates about it. He considers its biblical foundation in Pauline texts, the Old Testament background, and the theological questions under discussion about atonement. He provides ancient historical background and raises questions, such as whether the Incarnation must be understood through the lens of atonement. Chapters are ?Chapter 1: Sacrifice and Scapegoat,? ?Chapter 2: Paul?s Use of Cultic Imagery,? ?Chapter 3: Atonement after Paul,? ?Chapter 4: Rationalizing the Atonement Doctrine,? and ?Chapter 5: The Incarnation.?? . . . a book that I would want to read and digest before preaching or teaching on the meaning of God?s salvation.? Ernest Thompson First Presbyterian Church Wilmington, North Carolina (Interpretation)? . . . this book is essential reading for those wrestling with the problems of atonement theory.? Journal for the Study of the New Testament? . . . does a very good job in sorting through the paradoxes that are present in thinking about atonement. Finlan is good at catching the nuances of metaphor and setting out the different values in the balance of the discussion. He understands the role of ritual action in trying to reach where more discursive forms of thought cannot go.? New Theology Review?Finlan?s book is well worth reading for a number of reasons. It contains a fantastic summary of Pauline metaphors for atonement. It contains fascinating side comments about questions such as the relationship of ritual to the moral structure of society. Finally it is a stimulating debate partner for those who wish to defend the biblical and traditional doctrine of atonement in some form or another.? Catholic Studies An Online Journal?Problems with Atonement is an ambitious argument against theories of atonement.? Worship?. . . its discussion of biblical theology contains ideas that could bear much fruit.? Worship?This is the most helpful book on the Atonement to appear in modern times. While the Incarnation is an essential Christian idea, the Atonement is not. Finlan suggests that we look to the doctrine of theosis as more true to the implications of the Incarnation.? Robert J. Daly, S.J. Professor Emeritus of Theology Boston College?In this challenging and enlightening book, Stephen Finlan suggests that we have misunderstood the nature of God?s salvation by allowing primitive ideas about sacrifice to inform our doctrine of the atonement, and by making atonement the central doctrine of the Christian faith. Finlan insists that the unique and central doctrine of the Christian faith is not the atonement, but rather, the incarnation.? Ernest Thompson First Presbyterian Church Wilmington, North Carolina? . . . it is a book that I would want to read and digest before preaching or teaching on the meaning of God?s Salvation.? Ernest Thompson First Presbyterian Church Wilmington, North Carolina

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I thought it was a Christian book! its not!

Crítica de los usuarios  - Jeff -

This book openly mocks the idea that God does not forgive sin "without the shedding of blood". It is very, very well written in terms of scholarship but it denies that the sacrificial system was ... Leer comentario completo

Crítica de los usuarios  - David Glass -

Distilled to its essence, the subject of the atonement is thoroughly researched and covered in this magnificent theological and historical report on the development of this crucial and critical ... Leer comentario completo


Pauls Use of Cultic Imagery
Atonement after Paul
Rationalizing the Atonement Doctrine

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Stephen Finlan, PhD, is an adjunct professor at Drew University and has taught at Fordham. He is also author of Problems with Atonementand Options on Atonement in Christian Thought(both published by Liturgical Press) as well as The Background and Content of Paul's Cultic Atonement Metaphors(SBL and Brill, 2004).

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