Spectacular Atonement: Envisioning the Cross of Christ in an African Perspective

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What difference does the cross of Christ make for the People of Africa? Spectacular Atonement explores the togetherness of penal substitution and Christ as Victor. It demonstrates how a biblical worldview of Christ’s atoning work on the cross tackles the challenging issues that face many African Christians today and shows how the cross of Christ offers meaning for African Christianity. Through the cross, Africans have a new hope of being reunited with God through Jesus Christ, a hope of liberty, redemption and the rediscovery of the lost gifts of immortality and resurrection spoken about in their legends. This is a unique consideration of the critical impact that the cross of Christ has on the African perspective.

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Robert D. Falconer holds a PhD in Systematic Theology, with an emphasis in African Philosophy, from the South African Theological Seminary (SATS), a MTh in New Testament Greek (SATS) and a BTh (SATS). He also studied architecture at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitian University (NMMU) and holds a BTechArch in Applied Design. Dr Falconer is a missionary at DIGUNA in Kenya, and serves as the principal of the DIGUNA Discipleship Training School where he equips and disciples young adults and East African church leaders. He also serves as an academic and supervisor for the South African Theological Seminary. He is married to Catherine, an experienced missionary in Africa.

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"It is paramount that the African church reconciles biblical atonement theology with its culture, and soundly comes to terms with such complex issues as African spirituality, its own rituals, its understanding of sin and suffering, the African traditional idea of God and how the cross of Christ relates to the profound importance of witchcraft, evil spirits and the veneration of their ancestors. Spectacular Atonement, biblically addresses all these issues. A must read, especially for African clergy and for missionaries to Africa." - David Rempel, DIGUNA Mission Leader (Africa)

"Spectacular Atonement is a well-argued book that puts into dialogue the various strands of historic Christian interpretations of the atonement, together with African interpretations and understandings of the atoning work of Christ. It is theologically, biblically and culturally grounded and is practical in applying the efficacy of Christ's victory on the Cross. This book is a valuable addition to the quest for an authentic African Christian Theology."  - James Nkansah-Obrempong, Professor of Theology and Dean of the School of Theology-NEGST, Africa International University, Nairobi, Kenya.

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