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A Relational View of the Atonement

Prolegomenon to a Reconstruction of the Doctrine

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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.