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"Emerging church" theologian (Embracing Grace) and blogger McKnight writes this first volume of Abingdon's "Living Theology" series, which offers brief, nontechnical, contemporary analyses of traditional theological topics. He provides an excitingly suggestive understanding of how in Christian theology Christ's death sets things right that were broken by sin. "Things" here means not just relations between the individual and God (the traditional emphasis) but among other humans and with the world as well. While classical images of atonement address aspects of Christ's work, no single metaphor here tells the whole story. Instead, McKnight completes his presentation with a section on how atonement is made real in the daily practices of the church-an aspect of the doctrine often neglected. While affirming classical views, the author is less impressed with recent critical approaches to the doctrine; the reservations of feminists and liberation theologians are curtly dismissed. (A better engagement with such interests is found in J. Denny Weaver's The Nonviolent Atonement.) Nevertheless, McKnight offers important corrections and modifications of an often misunderstood doctrine. Recommended for all academic libraries and for collections in theology and religion.