Re-Visioning Jesus’ Atonement: Recommended Atonement Reads

https://i1.wp.com/www.bradjersak.com/images/stricken-cover-new-5-web.jpgMy reflections on the meaning of Jesus’ atonement are far from finished. I think such multifaceted and rich dimensions of the life of faith rarely are. This year, as I’m able, I’m going to be reading through the following volumes in my library, books that have been recommended to me as valuable resources on reconciling messages of Jesus with messages about Jesus. Most of these I’ve read at least partially before, but I’m gonna buckle down! Here they are:

Stricken By God? An incredible anthology edited by Brad Jersak, featuring Rowan Williams, Miroslav Volf, Richard Rohr, Marcus Borg, NT Wright, and a ton of others, it has been a most enjoyable read this past year.

Recovering the Scandal of the Cross by Joel Green & Mark Baker

Consuming Passion: Why the Killing of Jesus Really Matters An anthology – Hard to find in the U.S.

The Nonviolent Atonement by J. Denny Weaver

A Community Called Atonement by Scot McKnight

Saving Paradise by Rita Brock

This Book Will Change Your World by Kevin Beck

I’ve had this one recommended to me, but haven’t recieved one yet – Saved from Sacrifice by S. Mark Heim

In addition to books, here are a few free online resources I’m working through:

The Day God Turned His Cheek by Graham Old

The Cross: Cure Not Punishment by Wayne Jacobsen (audio)

Penal Substitution vs. Christus Victor by Derek Flood

Facing the Myth of Redemptive Violence by Walter Wink

Rethinking the Death of Jesus: Cross Purposes by David Heim

Clarion Journal of Spirituality & Justice articles on atonement

The Anthropology of René Girard and Traditional Doctrines of Atonement

…so what resources would you recommend?

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2 Responses to “Re-Visioning Jesus’ Atonement: Recommended Atonement Reads”


  1. 1 natrimony February 9, 2009 at 1:38 am

    Christus Victor by Gustaf Aulen

    The Cross of Christ by John Stott

    Redemption: Accomplished and Applied by John Murray

    Standing Forth by Roger Nicole

    But….for the roots of systematic atonement conceptions the following are vital: St. Thomas Aquinas, Grotius, Anselm, Abelard, Irenaeus, Calvin

  2. 2 Blake Huggins February 9, 2009 at 1:46 am

    S. Mark Heim and J. Denny Weaver both have great articles by the same name as their books. I haven’t read Heim’s book, but I’m assuming it’s a lot of the same material just very concentrated. Same thing for Weaver. I actually thought his article was better than his book.

    Saving Paradise is another one. I haven’t read it yet, but I’ve heard good things.


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