Saving Power: Theories of Atonement and Forms of the Church (Google eBook)

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Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, 2005 - Religion - 371 pages
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Jesus' death and resurrection are undeniably central to the Christian faith. But how, precisely, is their significance to be understood?

Concerned to reinvigorate the church's teaching on the cross, the resurrection, and salvation -- the atonement -- Peter Schmiechen here invites readers to rediscover the wealth of the Christian tradition. In "Saving Power he makes ample use of primary sources to unpack ten distinct theories of atonement, welcoming aspects of each rather than championing only one. Along the way, he demonstrates that while most Christians assume the basic theme of atonement to be sin and forgiveness, other powerful themes -- liberation from oppressive powers, reconciliation in the face of division, and the hope of resurrection in the face of death, for instance -- also deserve to be studied and preached.

Affirming orthodox teaching while offering a positive take on marginal views, "Saving Power is a crucial resource for anyone who seeks a fuller understanding of Christ's work.

  

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User Review  - Craig Toth - Goodreads

There is so much more to Jesus "saving sinners" than most of us think; it takes a serious study such as this to probe the subject. Evangelicals especially should read this and see that the work of Jesus is more than a legal transaction. Read full review

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Page 31 - Although he was a Son, he learned obedience through what he suffered; ''and being made perfect he became the source of eternal salvation to all who obey him, '"being designated by God a high priest according to the order of Melchiz'edek.
Page 29 - Since therefore the children share in flesh and blood, he himself likewise partook of the same nature, that through death he might destroy him who has the power of death, that is, the devil, l5 and deliver all those who through fear of death were subject to lifelong bondage.

About the author (2005)

Peter Schmiechen is Professor of Theology and President Emeritus at Lancaster Theological Seminary, Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

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