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Past Event and Present Salvation: The Christian Idea of Atonement [Paperback]

By Paul S. Fiddes (Author)
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Pages   254
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.56" Width: 5.54" Height: 0.64"
Weight:   0.81 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Oct 19, 1989
Publisher   Westminster John Knox Press
ISBN  066425036X  
EAN  9780664250362  


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How can an event that has taken place in the past have an effect upon the human experience of salvation in the present? In examining one of the essential questions of the Christian faith, Paul S. Fiddes explores the limits as well as the gains to be made in speaking about crucifixion as a historical event, and considers the relationship of the crucifixion to the continuing process of God's saving activity. He considers the relevance of a past act of atonement to such areas of practical experience as forgiveness, liberation, and suffering.

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How can an event that has taken place in the past have an effect upon the human experience of salvation in the present? In examining one of the essential questions of the Christian faith, Paul S. Fiddes explores the limits as well as the gains to be made in speaking about crucifixion as a historical event, and considers the relationship of the crucifixion to the continuing process of God's saving activity. He considers the relevance of a past act of atonement to such areas of practical experience as forgiveness, liberation, and suffering.

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Paul S. Fiddes is Professor of Systematic Theology in the University of Oxford. He was Principal of Regent s Park College, Oxford (1989-2007), a Baptist foundation, and has been Chair of the Doctrine and Unity Commission of the Baptist World Alliance. He is the author of "Tracks and Traces: Baptist Identity in Church and Theology" (2003) and "Seeing the World and Knowing God: Israelite Wisdom and Christian Doctrine in a Late-modern Context" (2013).

Brian Haymes was Principal of Northern Baptist College, Manchester (1985-94), Principal of Bristol Baptist College (1994-2000), and President of the Baptist Union of Great Britain. He is active in retirement in writing and preaching. He is the author of "The Concept of the Knowledge of God" (1988) and coauthor of "On Being the Church" (2008).

Richard Kidd was Principal of Northern Baptist College, Manchester (1994-2009) and Co-Principal of Northern Baptist Learning Community (2009-2012). His life at present includes voluntary work with the Baptist Missionary Society in India. He is coauthor of "God and the Art of Seeing" (2003) and editor of "Something to Declare: A Study of the Declaration of Principle of the Baptist Union of Great Britain" (1996).

All three authors are ordained ministers of the Baptist Union of Great Britain and have been friends for more than thirty years."

Paul S. Fiddes has an academic affiliation as follows - University of Oxford Regent's Park College University of Oxford Univer.

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Clear discussion of the basic question of how Jesus saves  Jul 23, 2001
As a Christian campus minister, I often hear students' questions about salvation. "What is salvation?" "How does Jesus save?" "How can something that happened 2000 years ago affect me now?" "What does it mean that Jesus died for my sins, and he could he have when I wasn't even around then?" When my own responses fail to satisfy them, I always recommend Fiddes' book, and I am grateful that it remains in print twelve years after its first publication.

Fiddes does a good job in distinguishing between "objective" theories of atonement/salvation that describe what believers claim God has done to change the way things are in the universe, and "subjective" theories that stress an individual's appropriation of divine activity. He then synthesizes them well. Along with Michael Winter's "The Atonement" (Liturgical Press), I think this book is excellent background reading for anyone wanting to seriously explore Christian atonement theory, and it is free enough of academic jargon to be read by the general educated public.

 

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