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2020.04.05 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Eleonore Stump, Atonement, Oxford University Press, 2019, 538pp., $80.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780198813866. Reviewed by Rolfe King, University of Aberdeen Eleonore Stump's book sets out a major, original account of the Christian doctrine of the atonement. Philosophers and thinkers interested in love, God, forgiveness, guilt, punishment, shame, moral psychology, mind-reading and empathy will find much of interest. In traditional Christian thought, atonement relates to God overcoming, through Christ, the problem of human sin, and restoring us to loving relationship with him. There have many attempts to account for this, and Stump's book offers her own proposal. She finds the Patristic understanding of atonement, based on Christ somehow redeeming us from slavery to Satan, unable to explain the removal of guilt or shame. Stump focusses on the Anselmian approach and that of Aquinas. Anselmian accounts see the main obstacle to atonement as... Read More

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