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Title: One for the other : a critical account of nonviolent atonement theology
Author: Campbell, Andrew Philip
ISNI:       0000 0004 6423 9221
Awarding Body: Queen's University Belfast
Current Institution: Queen's University Belfast
Date of Award: 2017
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The late twentieth and early twenty first centuries have seen developments within atonement theology that seek to promote nonviolence by removing the cross of Christ as the central work of Christ, producing what has become known as “nonviolent atonement theology.” Previous research has critiqued these developments by assessing them individually and using hermeneutical, historical and theological criteria. However, it will be argued in this study that nonviolent theology is motived by an ethical concern for the Other, a grouping which will be defined as those outside positions of power and at risk of oppression. The nonviolent atonement theology of literary critic and anthropologist Rene Girard, feminist theologians Rosemary Radford Ruether, Mary Grey and Rita Brock and Ann Parker, and Anabaptist thinker J. Denney Weaver are critically discussed, showing how this concern for the Other has led to political understandings of the doctrines of sin, the work of Christ and salvation. Having assessed these developments the thesis argues that nonviolent atonement theology has a potentially negative impact upon the Other, while providing an alternativecruciform model in the work of P.T. Forsyth. It is the contention of this thesis that Forsyth’scruciform theology offers a plausible alternative to nonviolent atonement theology due to the interweaving of kenotic and sociopolitical themes within a form of atonement theology that remains substitutionary.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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