'Restore to me the joy of your salvation’ (Ps. 50/51:12). With this verse Khaled Anatolios opens his magnificent book Deification through the Cross: the verse captures exquisitely both the issues that he addresses and their resolution in ‘doxological contrition’.1 The primary issue he addresses is that despite the fact that salvation is right at the heart of the gospel proclamation, there is a complete ‘befuddlement’ in contemporary theology regarding in what this salvation consists, resulting in a lack of joy. The salvific efficacy of Christ’s suffering and death is identified as ‘atonement’, and this in turn (despite the occasional reminder that etymologically it has the sense of ‘at- one- ment’) is equated with ‘penal substitution’, vigorously affirmed by some as the primary content of the gospel, or rejected by many as irreconcilable with the God of love and forgiveness so clearly proclaimed in the New Testament.
|Number of pages||13|
|Journal||International Journal of Systematic Theology|
|Early online date||26 Sep 2022|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Jan 2023|