This challenging work explores the history of the Christian doctrine of atonement, exposing the intrinsically violent dimensions of the tradional atonement view and offering instead a thoroughly nonviolent paradigm for understanding this central Christian belief.
J. Denny Weaver introduces this new approach to the atonement based on "narrative Christus Victor." His discussion reflects the entire bibilical story, paying particular attention to Revelation, the Gospels, and Paul. He also places narrative Christus Victor in conversation with defenders of the tradional view of atonement as satisfaction. Pointing out the impossibility of defending the traditional atonement view against challenges raised by recent black, feminist, and womanist theologies, Weaver argues that satisfaction atonement must be abandoned and replaced with narrative Christus Victor - the only thorougly biblical and thoroughly nonviolent alternative.