Professor's Picks

Ross Hastings

Sangwoo Youtong Chee Professor of Theology

Professor Ross Hastings is known for his care for students, his appreciation of sport, and his love for all things Trinitarian. He also has one of the most delightful accents you'll ever hear! Ross has a new book coming out entitled, Total Atonement: Trinitarian Participation in the Reconcilliation of Humanity and Creation (Fortress Press, 2019), for which we will he having a book launch on Monday October 21st (details here: https://www.regent-college.edu/about-us/events/event-details?event_id=930). We asked Ross for his top five on the atonement, and he kindly offered the following five recommendations:

Hans Boersma
On the Tree of the Cross: Georges Florovsky and the Patristic Doctrine of Atonement
On the Tree of the Cross: Georges Florovsky and the Patristic Doctrine of Atonement
Matthew Baker, Seraphim Danckaert, and Nicholas Marinides
Holy Trinity Seminary Press, 2016

A first rate consideration of the nuances of the atonement in both its ontological and forensic aspects. Especially the essay by Khaled Anatolios! 

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God's Being in Reconciliation: The Theological Basis of the Unity and Diversity of the Atonement in the Theology of Karl Barth
God's Being in Reconciliation: The Theological Basis of the Unity and Diversity of the Atonement in the Theology of Karl Barth
Adam J. Johnson
T&T Clark, 2012

Barth’s is the best consideration of the atonement as accomplished in the person of Christ, and in particular  as "Judge and the Judged”, and as accomplished in the triune God. This is an excellent account of Barth’s work. 

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T&T Clark Companion to Atonement
T&T Clark Companion to Atonement
Adam J. Johnson(Editor)
T&T Clark, 2017

This is an excellent series of essays by Paul Molnar, Fred Sanders, Stephen R. Holmes and many others who write on the atonement in its various aspects and in the work of many scholars in the tradition. A good book for being ‘up on recent scholarship’ on the atonement.  

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The Crucifixion: Understanding the Death of Jesus Christ
The Crucifixion: Understanding the Death of Jesus Christ
Fleming Rutledge
Eerdmans, 2017

This is probably the most complete and doxological consideration of the atonement I have read. Worth the price just for its nuanced consideration of penal substitution and the work of Karl Barth on the atonement. 

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The Cross of Christ
The Cross of Christ
John R. W. Stott
IVP Books, 2006

This is still one of the best treatments of the atonement I have read. A very fine defence of penal substitution that is Trinitarian.

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