Actuality of Atonement: A Study of Metaphor, Rationality and the Christian Tradition

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Taking the crisis of rationalism as his starting point, Colin Gunton explores both the Christian doctrine of Atonement and the nature and working of theological language. He then considers the nature of metaphor, and argues that far from being an abuse of language, it is crucial to rational engagement with the world. Gunton goes on to reassess the doctrine and the language in which it is expressed in the light of modern scholarly developments. He explains how the traditional metaphors of Atonement, drawn from the...
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Overview

Taking the crisis of rationalism as his starting point, Colin Gunton explores both the Christian doctrine of Atonement and the nature and working of theological language. He then considers the nature of metaphor, and argues that far from being an abuse of language, it is crucial to rational engagement with the world. Gunton goes on to reassess the doctrine and the language in which it is expressed in the light of modern scholarly developments. He explains how the traditional metaphors of Atonement, drawn from the battlefield, the altar and the law courts, are all expressions of the meaning of life, death and the resurrection of Jesus, and examines their bearing on human life in today's world.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780567292209
  • Publisher: Continuum International Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 12/28/2000
  • Pages: 222
  • Product dimensions: 5.42 (w) x 8.49 (h) x 0.78 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgements
1 Patterns of Rationalism 1
I Where We Stand 1
II Redemption by Reason: Immanuel Kant and the Rationalism of Morality 3
III Translation and Reduction: F. D. E. Schleiermacher and the Rationalism of Experience 9
IV Metaphor and Concept: Hegel and Conceptual Rationalism 16
V Rationalism and Rationality 23
2 Metaphor and Theological Language 27
I The Dynamics of Metaphor 27
II Words and the World 32
III Words and the World 36
IV Metaphor in Theology 40
V Language in Action 48
3 The Battlefield and the Demons 53
I A Divine and Human Victory 53
II The Old Testament and the New 59
III The Language of Demons 62
IV The Language of Victory 74
4 The Justice of God: A Conversation 83
I Overlaps 83
II Anselm of Canterbury 87
III Beyond the Legal Metaphor 93
IV The Justice of God 96
V Justice, Justification, Judgement 100
VI Tow Twentieth Century Theologies 105
5 Christ the Sacrifice: A Dead Metaphor? 115
I The Problem 115
II The Bible and the Metaphor 120
III Edward Irving and the Priestly Self-Offering of Christ 128
IV The Logic of Sacrifice 135
6 The Atonement and the Triune God 143
I Relation 143
II God: in the Beginning 145
III God: in the End 150
IV Subjective and Objective 155
V Representation and Substitution 160
VI Two Systematic Questions 167
7 The Community of Reconciliation 173
I Perplexity 173
II Truth 178
III Victory 180
IV Judgement 183
V Forgiveness 188
VI Community 195
VII Praise 200
References and Bibliography 205
Index of Biblical References 215
Index of Subjects 217
Index of Names 221
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