The Evolution of Atonement Theories in Western Christian Theology: Where They Have Been and Where They are GoingShow full item record
The Evolution of Atonement Theories in Western Christian Theology: Where They Have Been and Where They are Going
There are three main ways of viewing the atonement that have dominated Western Christian Theology in the past: the classic view, the Latin view, and the subjective view. Each of these views were important in their time and place within history, but it is time that we begin to search for a new way of viewing the atonement in order for the gospel to remain a viable narrative for Christians to connect to in contemporary thought. I argue that the God must be nonviolent and that divine justice should follow a restorative versus a retributive model of justice. It is through these new understandings of God's character, agency, and justice that the atonement must be understood.