Community Called Atonement

ISBN-10: 0687645549

ISBN-13: 9780687645541

Edition: 2007

Authors: Scot McKnight, Tony Jones

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Over the centuries the church developed a number of metaphors, such as penal substitution or the ransom theory, to speak about Christ's death on the cross and the theological concept of the atonement. Yet too often, says Scot McKnight, Christians have held to the supremacy of one metaphor over against the others, to their detriment. He argues instead that to plumb the rich theological depths of the atonement, we must consider all the metaphors of atonement and ask whether they each serve a larger purpose. A Community Called Atonement is a constructive theology that not only values the church's atonement metaphors but also asserts that the atonement fundamentally shapes the life of the Christian and of the church. That is, Christ identifies with humans to call us into a community that reflects God's love (the church)--but that community then has the responsibility to offer God's love to others through missional practices of justice and fellowship, living out its life together as the story of God's reconciliation. Scot McKnight thus offers an accessible, thought-provoking theology of atonement that engages the concerns of those in the emerging church conversation and will be of interest to all those in the church and academy who are listening in.
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List price: $18.99
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Abingdon Press
Publication date: 8/1/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 177
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.880
Language: English

Scot McKnight (PhD, Nottingham) is professor of New Testament at Northern Seminary, Lombard, Illinois. He is the author of several books, including the award-winning The Jesus Creed, The King Jesus Gospel, One.Life, and The Blue Parakeet, as well as Galatians and 1 Peter in the NIV Application Commentary series. Website:;

Tony Jones has lived aboard his 50ft narrowboat for 5 years, in which time he has traversed 500 miles of canals and rivers, navigated through 400 locks and moveable bridges, run aground 4 times, sunk once, and broken down more times than he can remember. He is a professional freelance writer, published regularly in Waterways World, Canals and Rivers and Towpath Talk.

Introduction to Living Theology
Atonement: The Question, a Story, and Our Choice
Atonement and Convergence: Where to Begin?
With Jesus, Of Course!
With God, with Eikons, and with Sin, Too
With Eternity, with Ecclesial Community, and with Praxis, Too
Atonement and Image: With Which Image?
Atonement as Metaphor: Metaphor and Mechanics
The Mystery of Our Metaphors: An Exercise in Postmodern Humility
Atoning Moments: Crux Sola?
Atoning Moments: Incarnation as Second Adam
Atoning Moments: Crucifixion
Atoning Moments: Easter and Pentecost
Atonement as Story: Whose Story?
The Story of Jesus: Passover
The Story of Paul: In the Courtroom of God
The Story of Early Theologians: Irenaeus and Athanasius
Which Is the Fairest of Them All?
Atonement as Praxis: Who Does Atonement?
Atonement as Missional Praxis: Fellowship
Atonement as Missional Praxis: Justice
Atonement as Missional Praxis: Missional
Atonement as Missional Praxis: Living the Story of the Word
Atonement as Missional Praxis: Baptism, Eucharist, and Prayer
Bibliographic Note
Subject Index
Scripture Index
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