The Promise of Peace: A Unified Theory of Atonement

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The book offers a defence of a mediatorial interpretation of the atonement, that is one in which Christ is held to have become as we are, so that he might on our behalf make peace with God. It is argued that such an interpretation is not one of a number of valid descriptions of Christ's saving work, but the normative redemptive account. The erosion of this classic view of the atonement can be explained partly by a number of developments that have taken place in theological thought during the past two hundred years. These include the emergence of a christology in which Christ's divinity is linked to his saving ministry; a new interpretation of Pauline theology in which issues of justification are held to be secondary to those of participation; a return to the more dualistic world-view of the Church Fathers; difficulties with the concept of divine judgement; and a culture of relativism in which a unified or coherent account of the atonement not only no longer seems possible, but is generally not even considered desirable. The book achieves its purpose by engaging critically with these various theological ideas. It is as much a clearing of the undergrowth from the foundations of soteriology as it is the construction of a coherent account of Christ Jesus as the one mediator between us and God. It goes on to consider the relation of such an account to the proclamation of the gospel and the response required of its hearers.

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`Alan Spence's new book is a very welcome addition to the literature on the doctrine of atonement. It is welcome because Spence has the courage to argue against the recent consensus, and to try to push behind the many different metaphors or models of salvation to find a grand unified theory that will ground and interpret them all. More than that, however, any book so well written will gain a heartfelt welcome from scholars so used to wading through impenetrable prose. With the style and urgency of a true preacher, and the knowledge and insight of a true scholar, Spence offers us a book of genuine interest and worth.' Steve Holmes, Lecturer in Theology, St Mary's College, St Andrews, Scotland

`Alan Spence advocates and practises a no-nonsense approach to Christian theology: clear, accessible, passionate, not afraid of controversy, but always pastoral, and, above all, eager to be faithful to the Christian gospel. Even those who do not agree with his conclusions will enjoy engaging in conversation with him.' Christoph Schwöbel, Professor of Systematic Theology, University of Tübingen, Germany

`A very clearly argued and well written book that sets out to develop an account of the atonement that is faithful to the biblical record and that tries to overcome perceived difficulties within the theological tradition.' Murray Rae, Senior Lecturer in Theology, University of Otago, New Zealand

`Seasoned by years on the front lines of ministry, both in missions and human rights work, the author's profound insights into the logic of redemption bear a sense of urgency and pastoral depth. The Promise of Peace is not simply another summary of Christian doctrine; it is a judicious and passionate - at times even polemical - defence of the heart of the gospel for our time.' Michael Horton, Professor of Systematic Theology and Apologetics, Westminster Seminary, California, USA

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Dr Alan Spence has been a teacher in Harare, an evangelist in the South African townships, a human rights advocate in Zimbabwe and Moderator of the Presbyterian Church of Southern Africa. He is now a minister in the United Reformed Church serving two congregations in London, UK.

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