Atonement--History of doctrines--2000-

Reclaiming Subtitutionary Atonement in an Episcopal Church

Author
Claudia Nalven
Abstract
This paper examines how parishoners at an evangelical Episcopal Church have absorbed and understood the doctrine of substitutionary atonement. It considers how preaching through a framework of substitutionary atonement, can help shape the incorporation of this doctrine into the congregation's life and self-understanding. The paper uses as a framework the theology of Thomas Torrance, who combines reformed soteriology with patristic Christology to overcome some of the objections to this doctrine. Exodus 34 and the prologue of John's Gospel form the biblical basis for this approach to substitutionary atonement. The paper commends substitutionary atonement as part of a framework for lectionary preaching.

Exploring the doctrine of substitutionary atonement

Author
Wolfgang H Stahlberg
Abstract
In this project, the author debates the theory of substitutionary atonement. He creates and teaches a curriculum on this topic in the faith community he ministers to. The goal of the curriculum is to invite to a different interpretation of the death of Jesus that appeals to critically thinking people of the 21st century. The curriculum challenges the participants of the study group by interpreting Jesus' death as martyrdom-as a consequence of his life and message. The curriculum evaluation shows that participants began or continued a process of understanding Jesus' death differently, without using the theory of substitutionary atonement.
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