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Atonement, Justice, and Peace: The Message of the Cross and the Mission of the Church
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Atonement, Justice, and Peace: The Message of the Cross and the Mission of the Church


Eerdmans 2012

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In this substantial study, Darrin W. Snyder Belousek offers a comprehensive and critical examination of penal substitution, the most widely accepted evangelical Protestant theory of atonement, and presents a biblically grounded, theologically orthodox alternative. Attending to all of the relevant biblical texts and engaging with the full spectrum of scholarship, Belousek systematically develops a biblical theory of atonement that centers on restorative rather than retributive justice. He also shows how Christian thinking on atonement correlates with major global concerns such as economic justice, capital punishment, “the war on terror,” and ethnic and religious conflicts. Thorough and clearly structured, this book demonstrates how a return to biblical cruciformity can radically transform Christian mission, social justice, and peacemaking.

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Key Features

  • Offers a comprehensive and critical examination of penal substitution
  • Develops a biblical theory of atonement
  • Discusses how Christian thinking on atonement correlates with major global concerns


  • Rethinking the Message of the Cross
  • The Cross, Atonement, and Substitution
  • The Cross, Justice, and Peace
  • The Cross and Mission

Praise for the Print Edition

The most comprehensive and persuasive biblical critique of penal substitution currently available (and possibly ever written). Belousek analyzes in detail virtually every nut and bolt in the edifice of penal atonement theology as it is presented in current mainstream evangelicalism and does so with the kind of exegetical precision and theological commitment necessary to command a hearing from those he critiques. This is exactly the kind of book I would like to have on my shelves so that when someone asks me, ‘What about Isaiah 53?’ or ‘What about God’s wrath?’ or ‘What about no forgiveness without the shedding of blood?’, I would know where to turn for a carefully reasoned answer.

Christopher D. Marshall, head of school, Victoria University of Wellington

Belousek’s writing is engaging and persuasive, demonstrating clear logic, theological acuity, and good organization. . . . The literature on atonement has mushroomed in the last decade, but I had not read—until now—an author who presents a coherent, constructive understanding within orthodoxy that clearly explains, not assumes, why an alternative conception to that of satisfaction-penal is better and also more faithful to Scripture. Belousek does just that.

Willard M. Swartley, professor emeritus of New Testament, Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary

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About Darrin W. Snyder Belousek

Darrin W. Snyder Belousek is lecturer in philosophy and religion at Ohio Northern University. He received his PhD in biblical and theological studies from Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary. He is also the author of Good News: The Advent of Salvation in the Gospel of Luke.