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Atonement Collection (4 vols.)
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Overview

The atonement has become a subject of intense debate in recent years, and numerous theories of the atonement abound. Did God the Father really punish his own Son? Can forgiveness be achieved through a violent understanding of the atonement? Why is the doctrine of the atonement necessary, and what makes discussion about it so contentious? Most importantly, how are we to understand the doctrine of the atonement in a society which does not acknowledge its own sinfulness?

The books in the 4-volume Atonement Collection sort through the difficult doctrine of the atonement with clear, biblical, and hospitable discussion. The authors examine the Bible, the history of the church, the creeds and confessions, and the faith and practice of the Early Church to discern how the atonement increases our awareness of sin and enlarges our understanding of salvation. These volumes affirm the centrality of the death and resurrection of Christ and the need for each successive generation of Christians to affirm and apply the doctrine of the atonement to contemporary contexts.

Key Features

  • Contributions from top theologians, such as I. Howard Marshall and Stephen R. Holmes
  • Amicable discussions about multiple atonement theories

Individual Titles

Aspects of the Atonement

  • Author: I. Howard Marshall
  • Publisher: Paternoster
  • Publication Date: 2007
  • Pages: 176

The Christian understanding of the meaning of the death of Jesus Christ and its relationship to the salvation of sinful humanity is currently the subject of intense debate and criticism. The papers covering this important area are expanded versions of the 2006 series of Chuen King Lectures given in the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

In the first two chapters Howard Marshall discusses the nature of the human plight in relation to the judgment of God and then offers a nuanced defense of the doctrine of the substitutionary death of Jesus Christ for sinners. The third chapter examines the place of the resurrection of Christ as an integral part of the process whereby sinners are put in the right with God. In the final chapter argues that in our communication of the gospel today the New Testament concept of reconciliation may be the most comprehensive and apt expression of the lasting significance of the death of Christ.

I. Howard Marshall (Ph.D., University of Aberdeen) is emeritus professor of New Testament exegesis and honorary research professor at the University of Aberdeen. He is the author or editor of numerous books, including New Testament Theology: Many Witnesses, One Gospel, The Gospel of Luke in the New International Greek New Testament Commentary, The Epistles of John (NICNT), and A Critical and Exegetical Commentary on the Pastoral Epistles in the International Critical Commentary Series.

The Wondrous Cross: Atonement and Penal Substitution in the Bible and History

  • Author: Stephen R. Holmes
  • Publisher: Paternoster
  • Publication Date: 2007
  • Pages: 144

In this book, Stephen Holmes offers an accessible and authoritative account of the way the saving work of Jesus is presented in the Bible, and has been understood throughout Christian history. In particular, the book offers background to the current debates about penal substitutionary atonement by looking at that idea in biblical and historical perspective.

Holmes argues that we can—and should—continue to talk of the cross in penal substitutionary terms, if we understand this as one of many complementary descriptions of the salvation we find in Christ.

This is a splendid book.

Church of England Newspaper

Stephen R. Holmes is a lecturer in historical and systematic theology at St. Andrews University. He received his Ph.D. from King’s College in London and has lectured at Spurgeon’s College and King’s College before coming to St. Andrews University. He serves on the editorial board of Cultural Encounters: A Journal for the Theology of Culture and is managing editor of the International Journal of Systematic Theology. He is also the author of numerous articles and books, including God of Grace and God of Glory: An Account of the Theology of Jonathan Edwards and “Triune Creativity: Trinity, Creation, Art, and Science” in Trinitarian Soundings.

Cross and Covenant: Interpreting the Atonement for Twenty-First Century Mission

  • Author: R. Larry Shelton
  • Publisher: Paternoster
  • Publication Date: 2006
  • Pages: 320

The cross lies at the heart of Christian faith, yet in a fast-changing cultural context many Christians are struggling to make sense of the atonement and how best to communicate its meaning.

Larry Shelton grasps this bull by the horns and sets forth what he considers to be both a solidly biblical and missionally relevant account of Christ's atoning work. At the core of Shelton's thesis is the claim that covenant relationship has to form the center of our theological reflections on the cross. Moving through both Old and New Testaments, Shelton argues that all of the diverse metaphors for atonement can be held together by the organizing notion of covenant relationship.

Then, tracing the history of theologies of the cross from the second century through to the contemporary world, he sets forth a Trinitarian, relational, and contemporary model of the atonement that parts company with penal substitutionary accounts.

This is important work, and we are indebted to Shelton for his theological clarity, his scholarly breadth, his sensitivity to the contemporary debate on the atonement, and his mission-mindedness.

—Joel B. Green, Professor of New Testament Interpretation, Asbury Theological Seminary

R. Larry Shelton is Richard B. Parker Professor of Wesleyan Theology at George Fox Evangelical Seminary, Portland.

Attributes and Atonement: The Holy Love of God in the Theology of P. T. Forsyth

  • Author: Leslie McCurdy
  • Publisher: Paternoster
  • Publication Date: 1999
  • Pages: 328

In June 1896, a Congregational minister confronted the spirit of the times in a striking sermon called “The Holy Father.” He developed this theme in succeeding years, and the books he wrote have been repeatedly reissued. McCurdy examines P T Forsyth's conclusions about God's judging holiness and saving love. This book offers the first full treatment of Forsyth's doctrine of God and the cross, and the most comprehensive bibliography of Forsyth available.

Leslie McCurdy was ordained in 1979 and earned a Ph.D. in systematic theology from the University of Aberdeen in 1994. He is currently Senior Pastor at Bayers Road United Baptist Church, Halifax, Nova Scotia and Adjunct Professor at Atlantic Baptist University, New Brunswick.

Product Details

  • Title: Atonement Collection
  • Publisher: Paternoster
  • Volumes: 4
  • Pages: 968