Patristic and Medieval Atonement Theory

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Patristic and Medieval Atonement Theory takes a close look at the doctrines that depend on and influence views of atonement in order to make clear what place atonement occupies within the larger system of Christian theology. I consider key concepts and tensions within the doctrine of atonement itself, which may be emphasized or glossed over to create the shape of particular doctrines. This guide briefly discusses major figures in the development of Christian doctrines of atonement to the end of the Middle Ages, then turns to the major primary and secondary sources and provides an orientation to the rich literature existing on this topic.