The Nonviolent Atonement

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Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, Aug 28, 2001 - Religion - 246 pages
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This challenging work explores the history of the Christian doctrine of atonement, exposing the intrinsically violent dimensions of the traditional, Anselmian satisfaction atonement view and offering instead a new, thoroughly nonviolent paradigm for understanding atonement based on narrative Christus Victor. The book develops a two-part argument. J. Denny Weaver first develops narrative Christus Victor as a comprehensive, nonviolent atonement motif. The other side of the discussion exposes the assumptions and the accommodation of violence in traditional atonement motifs. The first chapter lays out narrative Christus Victor as nonviolent atonement that reflects the entire biblical story, though paying particular attention to Revelation, the Gospels, and Paul. This biblical discussion also touches on the Old Testament story, Hebrew sacrifices, and the book of Hebrews. Following chapters place narrative Christus Victor in conversation with defenders of Anselm and with representatives of black, feminist, and womanist theologies. These discussions expose an accumulation of dimensions of violence in the several forms of satisfaction atonement. A final substantive chapter analyzes the inadequacy of all attempts to defend Anselm against the recent challenges raised by feminist and womanist perspectives. This analysis lays bare the violent dimensions of satisfaction atonement, which can be camouflaged but not removed. In light of this discussion, Weaver argues that the view of satisfaction atonement must be abandoned and replaced with narrative Christus Victor as the only thoroughly biblical and thoroughly nonviolent alternative. A provocative study that cuts to the very heart of Christian thought, The Nonviolent Atonement will be of interest to scholars, students, and pastors.
 

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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  - Jay - Goodreads

gave me a vocabulary and theological grounding to talk about what I have only intuited till now. Read full review

Contents

Introduction
1
Narrative Christus Victor The Revisioning of Atonement
12
Images of Atonement
14
Narrative Christus Victor
19
Summary
69
Narrative Christus Victor Some Comparisons and Its Demise
70
The Demise of Christus Victor
81
Christology
92
Feminist Theology on Atonement
123
Conclusion
156
Womanist Theology on Atonement
157
Womanist Particularity
158
Womanists on Atonement
164
Womanists on Theodicy
168
Womanists on Christology
170
Narrative Christus Victor and Womanist Theology
173

Conclusion
96
Black Theology on Atonement
99
James Heil Cone
100
James H Cone and Narrative Christus Victor
110
Second Generation Black Theology
113
Conclusion
120
Feminist Theology on Atonement
122
Conversation with Anselm and His Defenders
179
The Defenders of Anselm
180
Responding to the Defenses of Satisfaction
195
Conclusion
225
Works Cited
229
Index
239
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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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