Violence, Hospitality, And the Cross: Reappropriating the Atonement Tradition Paperback

Reappropriating the Atonement Tradition

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Violence, Hospitality, And the Cross: Reappropriating the Atonement Tradition

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The cross is central to any understanding of Christian theology. But what is the primary significance of the cross: God's victory over death and hell? The moral example of a righteous sufferer? God's Son taking the punishment for the world's sin? Or is it possible that in our postmodern setting these traditional views of the atonement are irrelevant and outmoded? In this important study, Hans Boersma proposes an understanding of the atonement that is sensitive to both the Christian tradition and to postmodern critiques of that tradition.

Throughout his work, Boersma takes seriously the critics of traditional atonement theology. He also acknowledges a certain paradoxical tension between violence and hospitality that will remain a mystery. Nevertheless, he offers a substantial response in the form of an alternative account of violence that also reenvisions the atonement as divine hospitality.

In the first section, Boersma considers the basic theological issues as well as the postmodern critique. He also addresses the question of election and proposes a biblical vision of "preferential hospitality." In the second section, Boersma embraces the three historical views of the atonement and suggests that the "recapitulation" theory of Irenaeus is most compatible with the metaphor of divine hospitality. The third section looks at the church as the community of God's hospitality, both in its role as the continuing presence of Christ in the world and as a proponent of public justice.

This is an important contribution to contemporary theology. In light of current criticisms, Boersma offers a new model for looking at the atonement that draws on the rich resources of the Christian tradition in its portrayal of God's hospitality in Jesus Christ.

Author Information: Hans Boersma (Th.D., University of Utrecht) holds the J. I. Packer Chair of Theology at Regent College in Vancouver, British Columbia. He is the author or editor of several books, including A Hot Pepper Corn: Richard Baxter's Doctrine of Justification in Its Seventeenth-Century Context of Controversy

Violence, Hospitality, And the Cross: Reappropriating the Atonement Tradition by Hans Boersma was published by Baker in April 2006 and is our 25983rd best seller. The ISBN for Violence, Hospitality, And the Cross: Reappropriating the Atonement Tradition is 9780801031335.

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Page last updated 18th August 2016
Author / Artist
Book Formatpaperback
PublisherBaker (April 2006)
Editionannotated edition
Weight399g
Number of Pages288
Thickness21 mm
Height229 mm
Width152 mm
ISBN9780801031335
ISBN-100801031338
Product Code113174
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