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.