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Attached is an essay that discusses the problem of redemptive violence and proposes a way of looking at the atonement in a way that avoids the implication that the violence of the cross makes God appear vindictive.

My reflection on this issue is ongoing and the current version is dated 17/4/15. I welcome any comments to further advance this study.


I have removed the essay Christ the Saviour because it has been incorporated into my eBook of July 2018 which provides a more complete solution to the problem of violence and atonement. It my be downloaded from the 5icm Resource page and I will attach the PDF file here:

http://www.5icm.org.au/Resources/Achieving_Atonement_-_Derek_Thompson.pdf

Permanent link to this article: http://www.5icm.org.au/blogs/2014/09/06/the-atonement-violence-and-god/

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  1. Derek Thompson

    Its been a few years in the writing but I have now launched my new free eBook “Achieving Atonement” which presents a new atonement model that is biblical, ethical, reasonable, comprehensive, ecumenical, and avoids the problems of traditional atonement theories while retaining their truths. Impossible? Have a look. The book explains how God is achieving atonement and the place of Christ’s violent death on the cross. The book is 170 pages plus 98 pages of hyperlinked Scripture Index. Various eReader formats are available from Smashwords (https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/838364) and other retailers. A PDF version with numbered pages may be downloaded from http://www.5icm.org.au/Resources/Achieving_Atonement_-_Derek_Thompson.pdf.

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