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

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Liturgical Press, 2005 - Religion - 144 pages
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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 afterPaul," "Chapter 4: Rationalizing the Atonement Doctrine," and "Chapter 5: The Incarnation."

Stephen Finlan, PhD, is an adjunct professor of New Testament at Seton Hall University and Fordham University. He is the author of The Background and Content of Paul's Cultic Atonement Metaphors (Society of Biblical Culture, 2004).


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I thought it was a Christian book! its not!

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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 ... Read full review

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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 ... Read full review


Pauls Use of Cultic Imagery
Atonement after Paul
Rationalizing the Atonement Doctrine
The Incarnation
Index of Modern Authors

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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 Atonement and 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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