By Vernon White
During this ebook Vernon White units out to handle the predicament of credibility that more and more has affected conventional claims made for the Atonement, and makes an attempt to give an explanation for how the lifestyles, dying, and resurrection of Jesus Christ may have a common saving value. the current paintings stands as whatever of a sequel to the author's past e-book the autumn of a Sparrow, which tried to teach how God could be conceived as being universally and particularly lively on the planet. during this learn, White concentrates at the saving nature of that task, and the coherence which he feels emerges if this can be grounded within the particularity of the Christ-event. In protecting the constitutive nature of Christ's function within the salvation of the realm, with out counting on Anselmian or penal substitutionary types of atonement, White proposes an atonement version which can rehabilitate the sort of trust with out offending ethical and conceptual sensibilities. A aiding bankruptcy is supplied outlining the type of christology required to maintain this version, whereas the ultimate chapters of the publication talk about the moral implications of the placement followed.
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As we have been taught by Macquarrie, they can have a constitutive meaning, which certainly needs to be incorporated into any adequate overall account of atonement theory. But Fiddes himself is not content with this alone, nor with a wholly subjective transformation of the metaphors. He is concerned throughout the book (unlike Gunton) to test each image and metaphor against that precise question which concerns us most: namely, the claim to that kind of objectivity which insists that the process of salvation here and now in some sense depends on the Christ event, and how we may conceive the nature of that dependence.
That is, in the business of bringing suffering, sinning, humanity to reconciliation and redemption, it is not only morally congruous that God should enact this himself as a human individual: it is also an experiential prerequisite for being able to achieve it in the rest of humanity, and for the rest of humanity to achieve it through him. Hebblethwaite might be hinting at this too: The specifically Christian insight is that this too, the movement from creation to God, takes place in God, through the humanity of Christ, and derivatively through ourselves...
The second line of thought then joins this experience of God which was achieved in history to our experience in the present. This is done by the simple expedient of stressing the role of the doctrine of the Spirit. e. experience) within God which is Jesus' experience may be joined to our response. The Spirit communicates the divine personhood of the Logos to our natures. 31 But it is also something he finds and develops directly out of St Paul's teaching on the Spirit. 32 There he finds incorporation language in conjunction with spirit language: the Spirit includes us in the body of Christ.
Atonement and Incarnation: An Essay in Universalism and Particularity by Vernon White