Approaching the Atonement

The Reconciling Work of Christ

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Oliver D. Crisp
  • Downers Grove, IL: 
    IVP Academic
    , February
     2020.
     208 pages.
     $22.00.
     Paperback.
    ISBN
    9780830851973.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.
Review coming soon!

Review by Aaron Davis forthcoming.

Description

In many ways, the death of Jesus Christ on the cross stands at the heart of the Christian faith.

But how should we understand the theological significance of Christ's death? Should we limit our doctrine of the atonement to the cross, or is Christ's work more expansive than that? How should we account for the violence of this event?

Theologian Oliver Crisp explores such questions around the meaning of the cross and the various ways that the death of Jesus has been interpreted in the church's history—from ransom theory in the early church to penal substitutionary theory to more recent feminist critiques. What emerges from this study is a more complex, expansive, and fruitful understanding of the atonement and its significance for the Christian faith today.

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

Oliver D. Crisp (PhD, University of London, DLitt, University of Aberdeen) is professor of analytic theology at the University of St. Andrews. He is the author of several books, including Analyzing Doctrine: Toward a Systematic TheologySaving Calvinism: Expanding the Reformed TraditionJonathan Edwards Among The Theologians, and The Word Enfleshed: Exploring the Person and Work of Christ. He is a founding editor of the Journal of Analytic Theology, and co-organizes the annual Los Angeles Theology Conference with Fred Sanders.

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