God's Just Vengeance: Crime, Violence and the Rhetoric of Salvation

God's Just Vengeance: Crime, Violence and the Rhetoric of Salvation

by Timothy Gorringe
ISBN-10:
0521557623
ISBN-13:
9780521557627
Pub. Date:
03/18/2002
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press

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Overview

God's Just Vengeance: Crime, Violence and the Rhetoric of Salvation

This book examines the relationship between the theologies of atonement and penal strategies. Christian theology was potent in Western society until the nineteenth century, and the so-called "satisfaction theory" of the atonement interacted and reacted with penal practice. Gorringe argues that atonement theology created a structure of affect that favored retributive policies. He reviews theory and practice in the twentieth century, and makes concrete proposals for both theology and criminal and societal violence.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780521557627
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 03/18/2002
Series: Cambridge Studies in Ideology and Religion Series , #9
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 296
Product dimensions: 5.43(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.67(d)

Table of Contents

1. Religion and retribution; Part I. The Cultural Formation of Atonement: Biblical Sources: 2. Blood which makes atonement; 3. Accounting for the cross; Part II. Making Satisfaction: Atonement and Penalty 1090-1890: 4. The ladder of all high designs; 5. The wounds of Christ; 6. Three angry letters in a book; 7. The moral government of the universe; 8. The age of atonement; Part III. Contemporary Directions in Atonement and Penal Theory: 9. The gospel and retribution; 10. Forgiveness, crime and community.

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