Item description for Jesus and the Doctrine of the Atonement: Biblical Notes on a Controversial Topic by C. J. Den Heyer...
Overview Historically, the church has adopted several theories relating to Christ's sacrificial death: the devil-ransom, substitutionary satisfaction, moral influence, etc. Den Heyer, a leading Dutch theologian, takes a close, critical look at the key New Testament passages and comes up with new directions.
Publishers Description Professor den Heyer, the most well-known theologian in the Netherlands today, explores the tremendous gulf separating the historical Jesus and the many and varied responses to him in the New Testament, and the classical Christian doctrines of the atonement. He asks how it is that someone who died on the cross as the result of an alliance between Jewish leaders and Roman occupation forces can be seen as fulfilling God s preordained will. What, in fact, were Jesus intentions? Does later Christian doctrine do justice to these intentions? In investigating these complex questions, the author makes a thorough study of all passages in the New Testament relating to the death of Jesus. The variety of New Testament images and metaphors makes an almost chaotic impression on the reader, thus standing in marked contrast to the clear lines of the doctrine of atonement. Rather than resolving the problem, then, this study accentuates it even further. It demonstrates that no easy or immediate resolutions are possible and, at the same time, poses very profound questions for Christian faith. Though dealing with a difficult matter, this book is particularly easy to read and a masterpiece of clear writing. C. J. den Heyer is Professor of New Testament at the Theological University of the Reformed Churches in the Netherlands and author of Jesus Matters, also published by Trinity Press.
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Studio: Trinity Press International
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.41" Width: 5.47" Height: 0.41" Weight: 0.51 lbs.
Release Date Oct 1, 1998
Publisher Trinity Press International
ISBN 1563382458 ISBN13 9781563382451
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More About C. J. Den Heyer
C. J. den Heyer is Professor of New Testament at the Theological University of the Reformed Churches in the Netherlands and author of Jesus Matters, also published by Trinity Press.
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Absolutely Amazing Aug 7, 2005
Sometimes you stumble upon a doctrinal book that just knocks your socks off. This is one of them. In this book on the NT understanding of Christ's death, Den Heyer attempts to portray a death of Jesus that is radically different from the tradition of the church. In effect, Den Heyer wants to skip over 2000 years of church history to get right at what the NT authors had to say about the death of Jesus. He examines pre-Christ Judaism, Paul's letters, the Acts of the Apostles, the Gospels, Hebrews, and the other NT letters. In summary, Den Heyer argues that the NT authors did not believe that Jesus' death atoned for the sins of mankind (in a penal-substitutionary way). According to Den Heyer, the death of Jesus was a mere example for his followers to pattern. In essence, Den Heyer adopts a non-Christian religionist "exemplarist" model of the atonement with a touch of the ransom theory. In fact, he even boldly states that "the notion of Christ as 'saviour of the world' developed only at a relatively late stage" (p. 72). It is no surprise that Den Heyer comes to this conclusion since he has a low view of Scripture and Jesus Christ (Den Heyer even denies that Jesus is God [cf. p. 99]). It is even ironic that Den Heyer bitterly objects to the traditional view of the atonement because it makes God less gracious and free (pp. 132-133) yet opts for a legalistic view where one must follow the example of Christ in order to be saved (p. 82). Another problem with this book is that Den Heyer NEVER interacts with exegetes and theologians who have differing opinions on the matter. You will find no footnotes or citations throughout the book. In fact, when he argues a point he makes grand generalizations of those who are embedded in the Christian tradition. He basically sets up strawmen and breaks them down. Finally, the book is obviously ideologically driven. For instance, take this statement by Den Heyer: "Theology is done within a particular context. There are no objective truths, nor have there ever been" (p. 122). If there are no objective truths why study theology, biblical exegesis, or church history? Why even bother pastoring to a congregation? It is obvious that Den Heyer has a low view of the gospel, the church, and God's kingdom. It seems that for Den Heyer the Bible merely inspires people and is a good guidebook for personal morality and social responsibility.