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Past Event and Present Salvation: The Christian Idea of Atonement [Paperback]

Paul S. Fiddes
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1 Oct 1989
How can our salvation in the present depend upon an event in the past? This question is the focus of Paul Fiddes' exploration of the traditional and modern images by which the Christian Church has tried to understand the idea of atonement through the cross of Christ. This book helps us to understand atonement as a creative act of God, enabling response, and thus tranforming personality, overcoming evil and healing relationships.

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  • Paperback: 243 pages
  • Publisher: Darton Longman & Todd; First American Edition edition (1 Oct 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0232518076
  • ISBN-13: 978-0232518078
  • Product Dimensions: 13.4 x 21.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 365,571 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Paul S. Fiddes is Professor of Systematic Theology at the University of Oxford in England. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Excellent, informative, well-structured, well-argued book.
It's not for absolute beginners, but good for medium knowledge people (like me!)
I did find myself having to re-read some bits to make sure I knew what he was saying. But on the whole excellent.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best undergraduate book on the Atonement 22 Mar 2001
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This is an superb analysis of Christian Atonement theory.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Essential reading 28 Jun 2010
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Book arrived not enough time to read it but am looking forward to the chance
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5.0 out of 5 stars Clear discussion of the basic question of how Jesus saves 23 July 2001
By Thomas J. Krieg - Published on Amazon.com
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As a Christian campus minister, I often hear students' questions about salvation. "What is salvation?" "How does Jesus save?" "How can something that happened 2000 years ago affect me now?" "What does it mean that Jesus died for my sins, and he could he have when I wasn't even around then?" When my own responses fail to satisfy them, I always recommend Fiddes' book, and I am grateful that it remains in print twelve years after its first publication.
Fiddes does a good job in distinguishing between "objective" theories of atonement/salvation that describe what believers claim God has done to change the way things are in the universe, and "subjective" theories that stress an individual's appropriation of divine activity. He then synthesizes them well. Along with Michael Winter's "The Atonement" (Liturgical Press), I think this book is excellent background reading for anyone wanting to seriously explore Christian atonement theory, and it is free enough of academic jargon to be read by the general educated public.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Clear, Biblical, Sophisticated Work on the Cross 22 Feb 2010
By Kyle Potter - Published on Amazon.com
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Fiddes provides a creative and readable overview of Christian language and major conceptions regarding the work of Christ's cross over the last two millennia, and argues for a view of the atonement that is relational rather than purely juridical, and concerned more with healing of people and restoration to God (expiation language) rather than concepts of propitiation and courtroom metaphors (and the implied change in God). It's theologically rigorous and pastorally thoughtful.
4.0 out of 5 stars Thought Provoking 13 April 2013
By Revjbarker - Published on Amazon.com
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Fiddes work on Atonement should be required reading for any formally trained Christian clergy. Fiddes ideas on what has been done and what "continues to be done" is not only refreshing, but also liberating. A must read for those interested in aspects of Atonement.
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