The Nonviolent Atonement (Google eBook)

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Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, 2011 - Religion - 346 pages
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A provocative study that cuts to the very heart of Christian thought, The Nonviolent Atonement challenges the traditional, Anselmian understanding of atonement along with the assumption that heavenly justice depends on Christs passive, innocent submission to violent death at the hands of a cruel God. Instead J. Denny Weaver offers a thoroughly nonviolent paradigm for understanding atonement, grounded in the New Testament and sensitive to the concerns of pacifist, black, feminist, and womanist theology. While many scholars have engaged the subject of violence in atonement theology, Weavers Nonviolent Atonement is the only book that offers a radically new theory rather than simply refurbishing existing theories. Key features of this revised and updated second edition include new material on Paul and Anselm, expanded discussion on the development of violence in theology, interaction with recent scholarship on atonement, and response to criticisms of Weavers original work. Praise for the first edition: The best current single volume on reconstructing the theology of atonement. S. Mark Heim in Anglican Theological Review Weaver provides an important contribution to atonement theories by seriously inserting the contemporary concerns of pacifist, feminist, womanist, and black theologians into the centuries-old christological conversation. . . . A provocative but faithful proposal benefiting any student of christology. Religious Studies Review A noteworthy contribution to the literature on the atonement. Weaver provides a useful critique of the history of atonement motifs; he does a fine job of placing Anselms theology in its historical context; he creatively fuses a singular biblical vision from the earthly narrative of the Gospels and the cosmic perspective of the Apocalypse; and he attempts to relate discussions of the atonement to Christian social ethics. Trinity Journal This is a superb succinct survey and analysis of classical and contemporary theories of the atonement, ideal for students and general readers. . . . A clearly written, passionately expressed introduction to current debates on the atonement. . . . Excellent resource. Reviews in Religion and Theology
  

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Review: The Nonviolent Atonement

User Review  - Carolyn Lind - Goodreads

A thoughtful presentation of atonement that opens the biblical narrative with fresh insight; Jesus came to live! “Salvation is to begin to be free from those evil forces, and to be transformed by the ... Read full review

Review: The Nonviolent Atonement

User Review  - Rev Bill S - Goodreads

A thought provoking read which radically changed my thinking about ATONEMENT. All students of theology should read this book. You may disagree with the arguments in the book but at least you will be much better informed. Read full review

Contents

Rita Nakishima Brock
167
Brock and Narrative Christus Victor
174
Carter Heyward
179
Heyward and Narrative Christus Victor
183
Cynthia S W Crysdale
185
Crysdale and Narrative Christus Victor
188
Conclusion
189
Womanist Theology on Atonement
191

The Apostle Paul
52
Old Testament Sacrifices
69
Jesus Death as a Sacrifice
72
Hebrews
77
Israels History
82
Summary
85
Narrative Christus Victor Some Comparisons and Its Demise
87
The Accomplishment of the Death of Jesus
88
The Agent of Jesus Death
89
Our Role in Jesus Death
93
Grace and Forgiveness
94
Free Will versus Predestination
96
The Justice and Mercy of God
97
Ethics
98
Atonement in History
100
The Demise of Christus Victor
101
Constantinian Synthesis
102
Ecclesiology and Atonement
106
Christology
120
Conclusion
126
Black Theology on Atonement
129
James H Cone
130
African American Particularity
131
Reading the Bible Differently
133
Critique of Classic Theology
134
Cone on Atonement
136
Qualifying Christendoms Theology
137
Cone and Narrative Christus Victor
139
Garth Kasimu BakerFletcher
142
Contextual Affinities
143
Christology and Atonement
146
Conclusion
150
Feminist Theology on Atonement
151
Feminist Theology on Atonement
152
Ruether and Narrative Christus Victor
154
Joanne Carlson Brown and Rebecca Parker
155
Brown and Parker and Narrative Christus Victor
160
Julie M Hopkins
162
Hopkins and Narrative Christus Victor
166
Womanist Particularity
192
Emilie Townes
194
Delores Williams
195
Womanists on Atonement
198
JoAnne Marie Terrell
200
Karen BakerFletcher
201
Womanists on Theodicy
206
Womanists on Christology
208
Jacquelyn Grant
210
Karen BakerFletcher
211
Narrative Christus Victor and Womanist Theology
212
Conversation with Anselm and His Defenders and Detractors
219
Round One
220
Anselm and Cur Deus Homo
228
Responding to the Defenses of Satisfaction
236
Miroslav Volf
247
Round Two
254
Peter Schmiechen
255
Daniel Bell
259
Richard Mouw
263
Hans Boersma
265
Robert Sherman
272
Tradition
277
Nonviolent AtonementCompatible Conversations
279
Darby Kathleen Ray
280
Brian McLaren
282
Thomas N Finger
284
Gregory Boyd
289
Stephen Finlan
290
Leanne Van Dyk
291
Anthony Bartlett and S Mark Heim
294
Alan Mann
300
Steve Chalke
305
A Nonviolent Christ
306
Conclusion
321
Works Cited
326
Index
338
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Dr. J. Denny Weaver is Professor of Religion and the Harry and Jean Yoder Scholar in Bible and Religion.

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