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Actuality Of Atonement : A Study of Metaphor, Rationality and the Christian Tradition - Colin Gunton

Actuality Of Atonement

A Study of Metaphor, Rationality and the Christian Tradition

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Colin Gunton explores both the Christian doctrine of Atonement and the nature of theological language.

Taking the crisis of rationalism as his starting point, he considers the nature of metaphor. He argues that metaphor, far from being and abuse of language, is crucial to rational engagement with the world.

Professor Gunton reassesses the doctrine and the language in which it is expressed in the light of modern scholarly developments. He explains how the traditional metaphors of Atonement, drawn from the battlefield, the altar and the law courts, all express something of the meaning of the life, death and resurrection of Jesus - and examines their bearing on human life in today's world.

The Actuality of Atonement recovers a central dimension of Christian teaching.

"This is a well-written book that deserves a wide readership." '. . . a thought-provoking challenge for all Christians'. Christoph Schwobel

Prefacep. xi
Acknowledgementsp. xiv
Patterns of Rationalismp. 1
Where We Standp. 1
Redemption by Reason: Immanuel Kant and the Rationalism of Moralityp. 3
Translation and Reduction: F.D.E. Schleiermacher and the Rationalism of Experiencep. 9
Metaphor and Concept: Hegel and Conceptual Rationalismp. 16
Rationalism and Rationalityp. 23
Metaphor and Theological Languagep. 27
The Dynamics of Metaphorp. 27
Words and the Worldp. 32
Words and the Worldp. 36
Metaphor in Theologyp. 40
Language in Actionp. 48
The Battlefield and the Demonsp. 53
A Divine and Human Victoryp. 53
The Old Testament and the Newp. 59
The Language of Demonsp. 62
The Language of Victoryp. 74
The Justice of God: A Conversationp. 83
Overlapsp. 83
Anselm of Canterburyp. 87
Beyond the Legal Metaphorp. 93
The Justice of Godp. 96
Justice, Justification, Judgementp. 100
Two Twentieth Century Theologiesp. 105
Christ the Sacrifice: A Dead Metaphor?p. 115
The Problemp. 115
The Bible and the Metaphorp. 120
Edward Irving and the Priestly Self-Offering of Christp. 128
The Logic of Sacrificep. 135
The Atonement and the Triune Godp. 143
Relationp. 143
God: in the Beginningp. 145
God: in the Endp. 150
Subjective and Objectivep. 155
Representation and Substitutionp. 160
Two Systematic Questionsp. 167
The Community of Reconciliationp. 173
Perplexityp. 173
Truthp. 178
Victoryp. 180
Judgementp. 183
Forgivenessp. 188
Communityp. 195
Praisep. 200
References and Bibliographyp. 205
Index of Biblical Referencesp. 215
Index of Subjectsp. 217
Index of Namesp. 221
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ISBN: 9780567080905
ISBN-10: 0567080900
Audience: BAC
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 240
Published: 6th October 2003
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.7 x 14.1  x 1.3
Weight (kg): 0.3
Edition Number: 1