Town Atonement Analysis

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LIBERTY THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY “ATONEMENT” AN ESSAY SUBMITTED TO DOCTOR ABOGUNRIN IN PARTIAL FULLFILLMENT OF THE REQUIREMENTS FOR THE COURSE THEO 510 BY LYNDA L. DURRETT October 20, 2011 Atonement In comparison of Town’s treatment of the text and the article I found Town’s treatment the more favorable of the two. Atonement or the reconciliation between God and humans brought about by the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus is addressed by Town’s, through careful explanation of requirements for the atonement and the various views of these requirements. Town’s provides the reader tangible and practical information on atonement. He provides an overview of the Calvinistic View or the Anselmian theory in the direction…show more content…
The article details the requirements of man for atonement as does Town’s. The article presents the reader with the viewpoint of “Particular redemption” as does Town’s, with arguments presented in favor of found in the article and Town’s showing evidence against “particular redemption”. The article provides an overview of the three principal theories. The first of these theories is the Anselmian or sacrificial, where the Christ’s sacrifice is the atonement for humanity. In this theory there are two forms known as the governmental and the satisfaction. The governmental contends that the work of Christ met the demands of the law and cause humans to desire a divine government making their forgiveness safe. The “satisfaction” contends it was to satisfy divine justice making forgiveness of humanity possible. The second is the remedial theory, where God, enters humanity by incarnation to eliminate sin through an ethical process of the life of Jesus and His death and making humans one with Him. Finally, the “Socinian” or moral influence, which claims that Jesus influences people to live better
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