Vancouver School of Theology

Forming thoughtful, engaged and generous Christian leaders for the church in the 21st century

Course

TH5/728 – Is God Cross?: Theologies of Atonement


View outline (PDF)   Instructor(s): Rev. Dr. Richard Topping

Instructor(s): Rev. Dr. Jason Byassee

Week One: July 9-13 (afternoons 2:00 – 5:00)

Many mainline Christians express discomfort with the doctrine of the atonement. Yet for the New Testament, Christ’s saving work is central to our identity as Christians. What do we do with it then? Ignore it? Redo it? Creatively retrieve fragments from the tradition and re-implement them in preaching and worship in new ways? Or respond more forcefully to critiques of atonement that seem not to have taken is biblical and theological merits into account?

This course will attend to the doctrine of the atonement for the sake of the worship and practice of the church. We will use Fleming Rutledge’s magisterial Crucifixion alongside articles by Leanne Van Dyke, James Alison, and others. We will attend to feminist challenges of the atonement, to those anxious about the violence it seems implicitly at least to endorse, and the inarticulateness that results from two generations of neglect in the church. By the end we hope that you can preach, teach, design worship, and pray the atonement with some degree of confidence.



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