Past Event and Present Salvation: The Christian Idea of Atonement

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Westminster John Knox Press, Jan 1, 1989 - Religion - 243 pages

How can an event that has taken place in the past have an effect upon the human experience of salvation in the present? In examining one of the essential questions of the Christian faith, Paul S. Fiddes explores the limits as well as the gains to be made in speaking about crucifixion as a historical event, and considers the relationship of the crucifixion to the continuing process of God's saving activity. He considers the relevance of a past act of atonement to such areas of practical experience as forgiveness, liberation, and suffering.


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Fiddes provides a creative and readable overview of Christian language and major conceptions regarding the work of Christ's cross over the last two millennia, and argues for a view of the atonement ... Read full review


Salvation as event and process
Faith and history
The point of sacrifice
The demands of justice
The decisive victory
The act of love
The cost of forgiveness
Political engagement
The problems of suffering

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Paul S. Fiddes is Professor of Systematic Theology at the University of Oxford in England.

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