Irenic Theology; A Study Of Some Antitheses In Religious Thought

Paperback | January 11, 2012

byCharles Marsh Mead

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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1905. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER X THE WORK OF REDEMPTION (CONTINUED) /HEN we consider the serious difficulties V V which beset the Satisfaction theory of the atonement, it cannot but be wondered at that it has been so long and so widely accepted. That it has had so extensive a currency, is a fact which at least requires some explanation. Two things serve sufficiently to account for the fact. First, the confusion of the notion of guilt with that of debt has made the doctrine more acceptable than it ever could have been but for this confusion. This conception of the death of Christ as the payment of a debt plays a large part in the patristic doctrine, that redemption consisted in the deliverance of man from the power of Satan. The Saviour's sufferings were conceived as a ransom paid to the devil, who had a right to hold men in thralldom until his claims were otherwise satisfied. It was a manifest improvement when the notion gained ground that God, and not Satan, was the one who needed to be satisfied. But the very fact that minds so acute as those of Irenaeus and Origen could think of redemption as a commercial transaction between God and the devil, and even go so far as to intimate that Satan was outwitted by a cunning deception, exhibits a crudeness of conception respecting morals and justice such that an enlightened and adequate theory could hardly be expected from a Church of which they were leading lights. When, later, men like Athanasius dropped the notion that Satan was the creditor in the case, and laid stress rather on the divine justice as that which needed to be satisfied, this misleading conception of the payment of a debt still played a part, and, as already remarked, is found also in Anselm's great treatise, Cur Deus Homo, which was so influential in shaping subsequent opin...

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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1905. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER X THE WORK OF REDEMPTION (CONTINUED) /HEN we consider the serious difficulties V V which beset the Satisfaction theory of the...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:86 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.18 inPublished:January 11, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217936482

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