Graham, Jeannine Michele
Representation and Substitution in the Atonement Theologies of Dorothee Sölle, John Macquarrie, and Karl Barth
Year of Publication: 2005
New York, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, Oxford, Wien, 2005. 484 pp.
ISBN 978-0-8204-6791-7 hardback (Hardcover)
Weight: 0.850 kg, 1.874 lbs
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How does what happened 2000 years ago in the life, death, resurrection, and ascension of Jesus Christ radically alter the human nature and life situation of men and women in every generation up to the present day? Pursuit of this question provided the initial impetus for this book, a study of two vital themes pertaining to the doctrine of atonement - representation and substitution. The author explores their meaning and role within the theologies of three significantly diverse contemporary theologians - Dorothee Sölle, John Macquarrie, and Karl Barth - concluding with a comparative analysis of all three perspectives in relation to each other.
About the author(s)/editor(s)
The Author: Jeannine Michele Graham earned her M.Div. from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California, and her Ph.D. in systematic theology from the University of Aberdeen, Scotland. She has taught at Sterling College (Kansas), Whitworth College (Washington), and currently serves as Adjunct Professor for Fuller Theological Seminary at various extension sites. Her research interests include atonement studies, contemporary theologies, and women's contributions biblically, historically, and theologically to Christianity. She is an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (USA) and currently resides in Spokane, Washington.
«Jeannine Michele Graham provides an insightful and articulate assessment of a central Christian doctrine as developed within the theological perspective of three of this century's most influential thinkers. She carefully unpacks the theology of representation and atonement from Sölle, Macquarrie, and Barth, giving fair and full analysis of each. The true contribution of this book, however, is found in the comparison, critique, and evaluation of these three theologians, and Dr. Graham leaves us with a clear choice that both draws upon all three and yet moves beyond them. This book provides an important contribution to atonement studies and comes from a welcome new female voice in the area of Christology.» (R. Scott Rodin, President, Rodin Consulting; Former President, Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
«There are few themes more central to the Christian gospel and none more relevant to the personal, social, and political dimensions of our lives in God's world than that of reconciliation. In this major new study, Jeannine Michele Graham offers an illuminating comparative analysis of what three quite different twentieth-century theologians make of the central Christian claim that reconciliation is rooted in something that God has done for us in Christ. By clarifying key concepts and tracing their wider theological entailments through high-quality exposition, this book also furnishes invaluable tools for continuing constructive theological work on the too-often neglected doctrines of atonement and sin.» (Trevor Hart, Professor of Divinity, University of St. Andrews, Scotland)
American University Studies: Series 7, Theology and Religion. Vol. 230