The Atonement

David Young

in F. D. Maurice and Unitarianism

Published in print October 1992 | ISBN: 9780198263395
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191682520 | DOI:
The Atonement

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This chapter discusses the prevailing thought of Maurice on the doctrine of atonement. Maurice's theology of atonement was founded on the dynamics of relationships wherein man is always united with Christ, who is the head of humanity, which makes man in fellowship with God. In Maurice's view, the life and death of Christ reveals the truth that God is always with and for man. Maurice's thinking on the atonement is inextricably bound up with his perception that it is God's will that humanity in Christ should be in union with himself — a reconciliation through Christ's sacrifice of himself is the ground of divine human fellowship. For Maurice, the sheer grace precedes man's response and enkindles love within him. Man's response to God's epiphany of love is not Pelagian. Maurice believes man could not have responded unless God had first acted in love towards man.

Keywords: atonement; Christ; epiphany; Christ's sacrifice

Chapter.  6700 words. 

Subjects: Christianity

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