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Overview The Glory of the Atonement offers a wide selection of essays by notable scholars in the Reformed tradition presented in honor of Roger Nicole. Divided into three sections-biblical, historical and practical-the essays include Scriptural exegesis of important atonement passages, studies in historical theology examining particular Christian thinkers and eras, and probing inquiries into the practical implications of the doctrine in the Christian life and in contemporary preaching. This insightful and wide-ranging volume includes contributions from Henri Blocher, D.A. Carson, Timothy George, Bruce McCormack, J.I. Packer, Kevin Vanhoozer, and Bruce Waltke, all of whom, examine the atonement from their respective fields of expertise. Although the doctrine of the atonement has fallen under strong criticism in recent times, this volume offers constructive proposals and exegetical foundations for understanding some of its major facets, applying those insights to Christian living, and recapturing the awe of this wondrous doctrine.
Publishers Description The atonement is the crown jewel of Christian doctrine. And it is the responsibility of each generation of theologians to preserve its heritage, explore its facets and allow its radiance to illumine their day. With The Glory of the Atonement editors Charles E. Hill and Frank A. James III, along with a group of expert contributors, attempt to fulfill this trust at the dawn of a new millennium. The Glory of the Atonement is divided into three parts--biblical, historical and practical--with each section introduced by an overview essay. In part one evangelical biblical scholars explore the atonement within the contours of Scripture, looking first at the atonement in the Pentateuch, Psalm 51 and Isaiah 53, and then more closely at the major texts of the New Testament. In part two historical and systematic theologians weigh the atonement in the ancient, medieval and Reformation traditions. The primary perspective of the contributors is the Reformed tradition, which is further represented by essays on John Calvin, Herman Bavinck and Karl Barth. A timely capstone to this historical view is a stimulating consideration of the atonement and postmodernism. Finally, the implications of the atonement are brought home in part three with a look at the atonement in contemporary preaching and Christian living. Here is a full-course feast for ministers of the Word, a textbook for students of the Bible and theology, and a valuable resource for any theological library.
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Charles E. Hill (Ph.D. Cambridge University) is Professor of New Testament at Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando, Florida. His other books include Regnum Caelorum: Patterns of Future Hope in Early Christianity and The Johannine Corpus in the Early Church, both published by Oxford University Press, and From the Lost Teaching of Polycarp: Identifying Irenaeus' Apostolic Presbyter and the Author of ad Diognetum published by J. C. B. Mohr (Paul Siebeck). Michael J. Kruger (Ph.D. University of Edinburgh) is Professor of New Testament at Reformed Theological Seminary, Charlotte, NC and is the author of the Gospel of the Savior: An Analysis of P.Oxy. 840 and its Place in the Gospel Traditions of Early Christianity (Brill, 2005) and co-author of Gospel Fragments (Oxford, 2009).
Charles E. Hill was born in 1956 and has an academic affiliation as follows - Professor of New Testament Reformed Theological Seminary Orlando North.
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Very Good, but Regretably Incomplete Aug 2, 2004
This is a tough book for me to review. I have tremendous respect for the two editors of this book, as well as for Roger Nicole, the scholar whom this book is dedicated to. I believe they have assembled an impressive group of scholars here who have given us a very good book. But as I will note below, there are simply too many relevant gaps in the coverage of the Atonement in this book to warrant a 5 star rating.
Hill and James have assembled a formidable collection of scholars to provide contributions to this work, and the quality of their scholarship is not in question in their contributions here. Many of the articles are very substantive and rigorous. One major strength of the book is that many of the articles contain thorough and rigorous exegetical analysis, though unfortunately, not all of the pertinent articles do as will be discussed below. This is not really a beginner level book, though someone unfamiliar with Greek and Hebrew can still profit from many of the articles. For those who have a working knowledge of the Biblical languages, they will find many of the articles to be quite rigorous and exegetically satisfying. Carson, Hill, and Nicole in particular all deliver quality articles in this area.
Another strength of the book is its historical analysis. This is where readers will find the best article in the book, in my view. Vanhoozer's analysis of the atonement in light of postmodern thought and theology is simply outstanding. It alone justifies purchasing the book. But further, the article pertaining to Bavinck's atonement theology is also quite good, and for those looking for something especially complicated but provocative, McCormack's discussion of Barthian approaches to the atonement is also heavyweight reading.
The last section of the book deals with mainly pastoral concerns relating to atonement theology. Ferguson's article is quite good, as expected, and makes the whole book a very good gift idea for the reader's pastor.
Having said all that, I must point out some notable deficiencies that compel me to a 4 star rating. My problems with the book do not really pertain to what's covered, but what isn't covered in the book. The New Perspective is only marginally addressed, mainly by Carson's essay, and even here, it is not really addressed head-on, and certainly not thoroughly. Further, the open theism phenomenon and its gutting of the atonement is really not addressed at all. Both of these omissions are quite serious, in my judgment. Both of these movements have gained a foothold in evangelical circles, and both are likely here to stay to some degree. It is most unfortunate that in a book that interacts in considerable length with scholars from long ago, scant attention is paid to these two major contemporary movements that both undo the atonement to the degree that they do. This is a major weakness of the book.
In addition, one will labor quite hard to find a solid defense of the Reformed understanding of the atonement in terms of the extent of the atonement. In particular, the essay that intends to address 1 John in general, and 1 John 2:2 in particular is quite poor. It is an essay that focuses on everything except the extent of the atonement, relegating discussion of this critical issue to a mere couple of paragraphs. Other essays also make passing mention of the extent of the atonement, but as best I could tell, none of the essays are devoted to thoroughly defending and articulating the Reformed understanding in this area. This oversight is quite amazing, and unfortunate.
So in summary, this book is a good effort that contains a number of very good and challenging contributions. It was clearly intended to present a positive perspective, instead of thoroughly critiquing dissenters. As such, while it is a valuable resource that should be purchased and perused, the reader will likely find himself needing to supplement this book with other works in order to fill in the sizable gaps one finds in here.