Q & R: Resources on atonement
Here's the Q:
Hey Brian! I've enjoyed keeping up with your blog, and I'm looking forward to your new book. I was wondering what resources (articles, blogs, books) you would recommend on problems with atonement theory. I've been trying to read and understand more about it, as I think a lot of my unrest about my inherited Christian faith comes from those problems. Thanks!
Here's the R:
First, I'd recommend Tony Jones' short ebook, available here:
Second, I'd go to the website of James Alison and engage with his brilliant application of Rene Girard to atonement related issues. His CD series - The Shape of God's Affection - is especially helpful. The work of Tony Bartlett and Michael Hardin will also be helpful.
Third, I hope my new book will also be helpful, especially the chapters on (un)original sin and eucharist.
The big issue - bigger than atonement, in my opinion - is the shape of the biblical narrative. Atonement theories arise within narratives, and I think that behind atonement theory problems are biblical narrative problems, which I address in The Story We Find Ourselves In and A New Kind of Christianity. I'm amazed at how often questions like these come up - a good sign, in my opinion!