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The Nature of the Atonement

Eleonore Stump

in Reason, Metaphysics, and Mind

Published in print February 2012 | ISBN: 9780199766864
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199932184 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199766864.003.0012
The Nature of the Atonement

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The doctrine of the atonement differs from other major Christian doctrines, such as the doctrine of the incarnation, for example, in having no formula specifying its interpretation. For this reason, it is possible for there to be highly divergent interpretations, all of which count as orthodox. In this paper, by focusing on the nature of love, guilt, and shame, I highlight the problems for the two main kinds of interpretation into which varying orthodox accounts of the doctrine of the atonement fall. My purposes is to point out where we might profitably focus for further reflection on the doctrine.

Keywords: atonement; love; guilt; shame; Plantinga; problem of evil

Chapter.  8892 words. 

Subjects: Metaphysics

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