The Actuality of Atonement: A Study of Metaphor, Rationality and the Christian Tradition

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A&C Black, Dec 6, 2003 - Religion - 222 pages
In a reissue of a masterly examination of both the Christian doctrine of Atonement and the nature and working of theological language, Professor Gunton reassesses the doctrine and the language in which it is expressed in the light of modern scholarly developments. He explains how the traditional metaphors of Atonement, drawn from the battlefield, the altar and the law courts, all express something of the meaning of the life, death and resurrection of Jesus—and examines their bearing on human life in today's world.
 

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Contents

1 PATTERNS OF RATIONALISM
1
2 METAPHOR AND THEOLOGICAL LANGUAGE
27
3 THE BATTLEFIELD AND THE DEMONS
53
A CONVERSATION
83
A DEAD METAPHOR?
115
6 THE ATONEMENT AND THE TRIUNE GOD
143

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Colin E. Gunton was Professor of Christian Doctrine, King's College, London, UK, and a Minister of the United Reformed Church.

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