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Atonement and the Life of Faith

series: Soteriology and Doxology

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In this volume, an expert theologian addresses the key soteriological theme of atonement. Atonement and the Life of Faith provides substantive engagement with the doctrine of the atonement, including sections on the Apostles' Creed, Scripture, the history of the doctrine, constructive dogmatics, and Christian praxis. Focusing on the third part of the Apostles' Creed, it explores how atonement relates to the church, the Holy Spirit, and the Christian life. Each section offers a constructive departure from trends in contemporary works on the subject.

This book shows students how to integrate theology into the life of faith and demonstrates how theological thinking is a part of Christian worship. Each unit begins with a brief section pointing readers to a familiar hymn, poem, or liturgy.

The Soteriology and Doxology series consists of introductory textbooks that cover key topics in soteriology. Volumes provide substantive treatments of doctrine while pointing to the setting of theology in doxology. Series editors are Kent Eilers (Huntington University) and Kyle C. Strobel, (Biola University).

Series Preface
Doxological Prelude: Athanasius's On the Incarnation
Doxological Interlude: Anselm's Meditation on Human Redemption
1. The Apostles' Creed
Doxological Interlude: George Herbert's "The Sacrifice"
2. Scripture
Doxological Interlude: Traherne and Barth
3. A History of the Doctrine of the Atonement
Doxological Interlude: John Donne's "Holy Sonnet 10"
4. The Spirit of Atonement: The Role of the Holy Spirit in Christ's Death and Resurrection
Doxological Interlude: Thomas Traherne's Centuries of Meditations
5. Atonement and the Christian Life
Doxological Postlude: Calvin's Institutes


"In this delightful work, Adam Johnson draws us deep into the wonders of the doctrine of the atonement. Eschewing partisan efforts that tell us what to think on the subject, Johnson guides us instead to reflect upon how we think about the atonement and how it relates to Christian life and worship. In the process, he sheds new light on the manifold riches of Scripture and the plentiful insights of tradition, offering welcome counsel both theological and spiritual."

Paul T. Nimmo, King's Chair of Systematic Theology, University of Aberdeen

"Today's foremost scholar of the atonement has distilled his extensive expertise into pure theological nectar. As Johnson introduces creedal, biblical, and historical insights and busts tenacious myths, he also writes with astonishing creativity, advancing our understanding in exciting and persuasive new directions, all with a view to building up the church. Anyone interested in the meaning of Christ's death and resurrection--whether professor, student, pastor, or person in the pew--will find rich nourishment here."

Han-luen Kantzer Komline, Marvin and Jerene DeWitt Professor of Theology and Church History, Western Theological Seminary, Holland, Michigan

"Adam Johnson is a simultaneously contemplative and passionate guide to atonement theology. His wide-ranging explorations encourage those of us who are at home in traditional Protestant soteriology to engage with neighboring concepts like healing, forgiveness, and other aspects of the Holy Spirit's reconciling work."

Daniel J. Treier, Knoedler Professor of Theology, Wheaton College

The Author

  1. Adam J. Johnson

    Adam J. Johnson

    Adam J. Johnson (PhD, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School) is associate professor of theology in the Torrey Honors College at Biola University in La Mirada, California. He is the author or editor of several books on the atonement, including The...

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