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The Story of Atonement by Stephen Sykes

The Story of Atonement

by Stephen Sykes

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This book explores the way in which we understand the story of our salvation - the fundamental narrative which Irreplaceably informs Christioan Living and reflection. The story of atonement is bouth simple and surprising and has always given rise to demands for explanation What does justification mean? Is there literally no reward for merit? What about other religions? Can one believe in heaven and hell? How does one justify evangelism?

All these questions areise directly out of the story of salvation, and experience suggests that each of them is a living issue for Church members. The story of atonement turns out to be not one narrative but a number of differing versions of a narrative, which Chistians keep in heir heads in fragments, rather than as one orerarching, hoherent epic. A brief discussion of Milton's Paradise Lost shows the difficulty of this epic form, and the way in which more than one bersion of the story actually informs the way Chistians inhabit atonement. The question of heaven and hell is faced directly, and its bearing on evangelims explored.

Stephen Sykes explains the story of atonement in a way that is bothe accessible and profound. This is the ferfect guide to unerstanding not only the wya in which we grasp atonement, but how we live within its power.

This is the first in the Trinity and Truth series, of which Stephin Sykes is the editor. The series aims to make the best of theologcal thinking of key subjects accessible to a general readership.

Stephen Sykes is Bishop of Ely and former Reguis Professor of Divinity at Cambridge University. His previous books include The Identity of Chistianity (SPCK) and Unashamed Anglicanism (DLT).
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