Jesus Saves… But How? Telling the Story of Atonement in Today’s World

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About Jesus Saves’ But How? Telling the Story of Atonement in Today’s World
This eBook revisits the common assumption that “penal substitution” – “Christ died, in our place, to take the divine punishment due to us for our sins” – is the principal or necessary way to describe the atonement (i.e., how we are restored to a place of “at-one-ment” with God through Christ). Instead, Scripture describes Christ’s atoning work in a “kaleidoscope” of ways. Moreover, Christian creedal tradition has never mandated one single understanding, not least because different eras and cultures perceive the human situation differently. Insisting on the primacy or centrality of the one model of penal substitution, centered in law-court analogy, is a relatively recent idea emerging in Modernity. However, such insistence is not just biblically unwarranted, but a potential hindrance to Christian mission in cultures where crime and punishment is no longer seen in pre-Enlightenment terms. The eBook suggests that in the developed world, relational categories – the restoration of broken, estranged relationship with God – offer a more fruitful starting point for explaining Christ’s work than legal transactional categories, which depend upon a worldview and criminal justice system that people no longer live in.

About KingdomPraxis Solos
KingdomPraxis Solos are individual content pieces that are too long to be an article and too short to be a book. Each Solo covers a pertinent theological concept taking the reader on a brief informational journey. They are short reads, usually about 30 minutes, which will provide you with pertinent information about the subject and interactive questions to help you start a conversation with your friends.

About the Author
Steve BurnhopeSteve Burnhope is part of North Thames Vineyard in Buckinghamshire in the UK. He was awarded the degree of Master of Arts in Aspects of Biblical Interpretation with distinction at The London School of Theology (LST) and is currently engaged in Ph.D research in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies at King’s College London. His Masters’ dissertation was on Atonement. He is married to Lyn, a fellow MA graduate at LST, who teaches Religious Education. They have four children and one grandchild.

Have a Conversation
We would like to invite you to have a conversation with the author of Jesus Saves… But How? Telling the Story of Atonement in Today’s World and with others who have read the eBook. At the end of the eBook there is a section called “What Do You Think?” which has several questions for interaction. Pick one and share your thoughts. Or, ask a question of your own.

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