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Fortress Introduction to Salvation and the Cross

Fortress Introduction to Salvation and the Cross

What does it mean to be saved, and how can we make sense of the Christian claim that Christ died for our sins?

That is the work of soteriology, the classic discipline of theology that inquires into the "saving work" of Christ and asks the what, why, and how of redemption as understood by Christians. In this careful survey and insightful analysis of two thousand years of Christian refl ection on salvation, theologian David Brondos lays bare the rich, diverse, and even competing understandings of salvation, their social context and development, and their strengths and weaknesses. Concentrating on thirteen of the most important fi gures in that long arc – from its biblical roots to its most controverted contemporary expressions – Brondos unfolds the thought of each theologian as articulating a distinctive story of salvation or atonement.

An excellent learning tool, Brondos's succinct and helpful text is augmented with a helpful time line, illustrations, glossary, suggestions for further reading, and questions for discussion and refl ection. His work illumines how Christians through the ages have understood Jesus, salvation, and human reconciliation with God.

The thirteen figures include Isaiah, Luke, Paul, Irenaeus, Gregory of Nyssa, Anselm, Martin Luther, John Calvin, Albrecht Ritschl, Karl Barth, Rudolf Bultmann, Jon Sobrino, and Rosemary Radford Ruether.

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  • Publisher Fortress Press
  • Format Paperback
  • ISBN 9780800662165
  • eBook ISBN 9781451405989
  • Dimensions 5.5 x 8.5
  • Pages 234
  • Publication Date June 15, 2007


  1. Time Line

  2. Isaiah and the Redemption of Israel
  3. The Divine Plan of Salvation in the Writings of Luke
  4. Christ Crucified and Risen in the Letters of Paul
  5. The Redemption of "Man" in the Thought of Irenaeus
  6. Gregory of Nyssa and the Union of Divine and Human Natures
  7. Anselm and the Satisfaction of Divine Justice
  8. Christ as Redeemer from Sin, Death, and the Devil in the Thought of Martin Luther
  9. Christ Our Righteousness in John Calvin's Institutes
  10. Albrecht Ritschl and the Kingdom of God
  11. Karl Barth's Doctrine of Reconciliation
  12. Rudolf Bultmann and the Proclamation of the Word of the Cross
  13. Jon Sobrino and the Crucified People
  14. Salvation as Liberation from Patriarchy in the Thought of Rosemary Radford Ruether

  15. Conclusion
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