Thursday, August 16, 2007
Problems with Atonement (Stephen Finlan)
This was principally an excellent discussion of the metaphors used in Paul's writings which the doctrines of atonement depend upon, and as such it was very enlightening. Much more radically, Finlan ends by arguing that Christianity would be better off doing without any doctrine of the atonement at all, and concentrating on theosis instead (sanctification). I find myself in great sympathy with that idea.
I was prompted to get this book (and a couple of others by him) after reading this review, which is worth reading itself if you're interested.