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Deceiving the Devil: Atonement, Abuse, and Ransom [Paperback]

By Darby Kathleen Ray (Author)
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Ray presents the two classical Christian models of the life of Jesus--the Anselmian and the Abelardian. She then examines objections by feminist and liberationist scholars and reclaims a third classical model that better meshes with the popular piety of many Christians.

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Are traditional teachings about the life and death of Jesus enough? What do they reveal? Does God merely wish for suffering people to passively succumb to the threats of evil and oppression? Is the life of Christ a model for abuse?

In "Deceiving The Devil," Darby Kathleen Ray presents the two classical Christian models of the life of Jesus -- the Anselmian and the Abelardian. She then examines objections by feminist and liberationist scholars, and reclaims a third classical model in order to empower the marginalized.

For many feminists, the Anselmian claim that Christ took each sinner's place enfranchises -- perhaps even sanctions -- abuse. Meanwhile, the Abelardian idea of moral influence through the life and teachings of the historical Jesus is one that troubles liberationists: Does it encourage passivity and fail to adequately confront the structures of oppression? Can a possible alternative be discerned from the remaining tradition?

Ray's solution is to retrieve and refine a third, classical model that meets these objections and better meshes with the popular piety of many Christians. A powerful theology, "Deceiving The Devil" underscores how God in Christ rejects the tools of evil in a way that offers hope in a broken world.

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Studio: Pilgrim Press
Pages   165
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.97" Width: 6.01" Height: 0.45"
Weight:   0.63 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   May 1, 1998
Publisher   Pilgrim Press
ISBN  0829812539  
ISBN13  9780829812534  

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  1. Compass: Christian Explorations of Daily Living

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A Feminist Look at Atonment  Jan 2, 2008
Ray's book is helpful on two points. She offers a well-written and relatively brief overview of various Christian perspectives of the atonement. She also argues for a re-worked (i.e. demythologized) version of the Christus Victor theory that takes seriously feminist and liberationist perspectives. In moving toward a Christus Victor atonement theory, Ray is in line with many other theologians from a variety of Christian persuasions. Though I disagree with her constructive proposal at many points, I find Ray's book an important work to consider, both for encountering a feminist perspective but also for addressing questions that Christians must consider. I'm not alone on this. Joel Green and Mark Baker (two evangelical scholars) devote a chapter to Deceiving the Devil in their fine book Recovering the Scandal of the Cross, noting the strengths and weaknesses of this book.

Contra "Honest", Ray's book is not an attack on God and the Bible. Her tone is indeed passionate, but fair. Ray is persuasive in showing that there is no single atonement theory, but that theology has always wrestled with multiple perspectives. This simple point ought to keep Christians from ruling out other theories a priori. You need not agree with her at every point to learn much from this work.
Absurd book  Dec 19, 2007
Another feminist hit-piece against men and against God and the Bible. What the author calls "evil" is GOOD, thus the author is simply in rebellion to God and full of the Devil.
Challenging book that will provoke thought and discussion  Jul 12, 1999
This book offers a fresh and interesting look at the nature of sin and Christ's role in saving us from it. If you can get through the academic language you will be rewarded with a thought-provoking theology lesson that challenges and inspires you.

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