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Keith Ward

Print publication date: 1998

Print ISBN-13: 9780198269618

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198269618.001.0001

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The Doctrine of Atonement

The Doctrine of Atonement

(p.186) 9 The Doctrine of Atonement
Religion and Human Nature

Keith Ward

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the Christian doctrine of atonement in relation to Judaism and Islam. Christianity firmly believes in atonement or the redemption of humanity by the suffering and death of Christ. On the other hand, Judaism and Islam emphasize the justice and mercy of God and hold that God requires obedience to the moral law, but will forgive those who genuinely feel penitent for their wrongdoing. This chapter suggests that the views of these three belief systems are not greatly different because all of their traditions agree that humans are estranged from God and that divine grace or power is needed to achieve the divinely intended goal for human society.

Keywords:   atonement, Christianity, Judaism, Islam, redemption, God, moral law, divine grace

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