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A Relational View of the Atonement

Prolegomenon to a Reconstruction of the Doctrine


David L. Wheeler

How might humanity experience ultimate reality as intimately related to us, as liberating us individually and corporately from disorder, and as empowering our personal self-integration? With this question in mind, this work reexamines the images and concepts of Christian doctrinal tradition which - under the rubric of the «doctrine of the atonement» - have historically promoted this experience. The extended constructive essay which concludes the book makes extensive and foundational - though not uncritical - use of Whiteheadian process-relational thought to provide new ontological grounding to Christian images and concepts of atonement.