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The Nature of the Atonement
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The Nature of the Atonement


Hamilton, Adams & Co., Thomas D. Morison 1880

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The faith of the atonement presupposes the faith of the incarnation. It may be also said historically that the faith of the incarnation has usually had conjoined with it the faith of the atonement. The great question which has divided believers as to these fundamental doctrines of the faith has been the relation in which they stand to each other—which was to be regarded as primary, which secondary? Was an atonement the great necessity in reference to man’s salvation, out of which the necessity for the incarnation arose, because a divine savior alone could make an adequate atonement for sin? Or, is the incarnation to be regarded as the primary and highest fact in the history of God's relation to man, in the light of which God's interest in man and purpose for man can alone be truly seen? And is the atonement to be contemplated as taking place in order to the fulfillment of the divine purpose for man which the incarnation reveals? These are the questions John McLeod Campbell explores in his influential Nature of the Atonement.

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Key Features

  • Presents an early Reformed perspective on atonement
  • Discusses the reslationship between atonement and salvation
  • Explores the roles of Christ in atonement and redemption


  • Introductory: A Statement of the Doctrine
  • The History of the Doctrine
  • The Person of the Atoner
  • The Incarnation—Its Conditions
  • General Features of the Atoning Work of Christ
  • Christ the Sin-Bearer
  • Christ, High Priest and Sacrifice
  • Christ: Propitiatory and a Propitiation
  • Christ, Redeemer and Ransom
  • Christ a Divine Satisfaction
  • Christ, Benefactor and Representative
  • The Vicarious Nature of the Atonement
  • The Atonement and Pardon
  • Why the Atonement Is the Ground of Pardon
  • The Atonement as a Practical Power

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About William Adamson

William Adamson (1830–1910) was the author of numerous works, including The Religious Anecdotes of Scotland, The Gospel of Evolution, The Righteousness of God, and Missionary Anecdotes.

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