A Better Atonement: Beyond the Depraved Doctrine of Original Sin Kindle Edition
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A big part of the reason why the atonement is such a big deal today is due to the increasing rift between neo- Calvinists evangelicals (John Piper, Al Mohler et al.) and the progressive evangelicals (N.T. Wright, Roger Olson, et al.). Add to this fire the growth of post-modern and post-post-modern Jesus followers who are looking at Christianity through different glasses/worldviews than their predecessor (Brian McLaren, David Fitch, Scot McKnight, et al.).
Knowing all this, I have every excited when I heard that Tony Jones had published an ebook on the atonement, "A Better Atonement: Beyond the Depraved Doctrine of Original Sin". Tony, for those who don't know, was a driving force in the emerging church movement of the past few decades and the author of the book The New Christians: Dispatches from the Emergent Frontier, which I thoroughly enjoyed.Read more ›
This ebook is meant for folks who have yet to explore a theology that doesn't begin and end with Original Sin and Penal Substitution Atonement theory. Tony does an adequate job of offering an Orthodox (Eastern that is) theological understanding that begins not with the Fall, but with the Triune God of love. Tony shows that there is a different, ancient, and orthodox starting place to think about the Atonement that differs from the "Four Spiritual Laws."
I wish Tony would have carried out the Orthodox understanding a bit more, and perhaps added some Barth or T. F. Torrance to support his arguments for "A Better Atonement." However, this is a good basic text regarding the doctrines of Original Sin, the Atonement, and Trinitarian theology. It would be great for a Bible study, Sunday School class, or one's personal theological library.
This view, the "Solidarity theory," is in harmony with the theology of Jurgen Molmann (perhaps most exclusively), but I can think of a few other theologians who speak to it as well. Most notably, I'd say, N.T. Wright, who I'd usually pin as a Christus Victor guy, makes clear arguments for the "solidarity model" (I'm thinking of quotes from his book Christians at the Cross).
In his support for the Solidarity theory, Jones is totally speaking my language. And, as he allows, there's room for synchronization among various theories. For example, though Jones sees no real personal need for the Christus Victor model, presupposing a dependence on a specific "demonology," I see no need for such a presupposition. Christ's victory over powers and principalities needs not be cast in a demonological framework in order for it to have relevance. Cast it somewhere closer to home; perhaps in political, economic, and social realms (and there is a demonic quality to the injustices and dehumanization which occur in those realms as well). The curse of sin, that under which humans have been oppressed (call it godforsakenness or whatever), does it's worst to us all the time.Read more ›
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Well-written, well-thought, and profoundly persuasive. I've never liked the Penal Substitution Theory of Jesus' death, and as a former Baptist have always understood Original Sin... Read morePublished 22 days ago by James H. Meyer
I found exactly that in this book. The author does a fair job of presenting common atonement theories, but does not hide his disdain for the PSA.Published 4 months ago by Jonathan Luttrell
Thought provoking will have to read it again. Makes one think and ponder. Have we made the bible say something it isn't saying.Published 15 months ago by granville russell
This is a challenging thought provoking read. Points in this essay I feel myself agreeing wholeheartedly. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Kent Pelton
As I have explored my faith in recent years, I have found it very difficult to keep. The penal substitutionary atonement concept didn't make sense to me, and I was always... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Cakes Green
Really interesting perspective. Challenges your more traditional conservative theology. Definitely a book for someone willing to do some exploring.Published 20 months ago by David Byers
Dr. Jones does an excellent job of presenting many of the theories of atonement after completely doing away with the concept of original sin. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Max
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