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MacDonald rejected the doctrine of penal Substitutionary atonement as put forward by John Calvin which argues that Christ has taken the place of sinners and is punished by God in their place, believing that in turn it raised serious questions about the character and nature of God. Instead, he taught that Christ had come to save people from their sins, and not from a Divine penalty for their sins. The problem was not the need to appease a wrathful God but the disease of cosmic evil itself
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George MacDonald was born in Aberdeenshire, Scotland, December 10th, 1824. He is best known for his fantasy novels and fairy tales. MacDonald was a pioneer in the genre of fantasy literature. His works influenced such writers as J. R. R. Tolkien, C. S. Lewis, Madeleine L'Engle, and E. Nesbit. He was also a mentor to Lewis Carroll. He past away on September 18th, 1905.
Some non-fiction works by George MacDonald include:—"Unspoken Sermons," "The Hope of the Gospel," "The Miracles of Our Lord," "A Dish of Orts," "England's Antiphon," and "God's Words to His Children."
Some of his Fantasy works include:—"The Princess and the Goblin," "The Princess and the Curdie," "Phantastes," "Lilith," "Dealings with the Fairies," and "At the Back of the North Wind."
"It is a striking indication of the trend and shallowness of the modern reading
public that George MacDonald's books have been so neglected."
— Oswald Chambers —
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