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Theories of atonement and the development of soteriological paradigms : implications of a pentecostal appropriation of the Christus Victor model

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dc.contributor.advisor Van Niekerk, Rassie House, Sean David 2012-09-28T05:28:35Z 2012-09-28T05:28:35Z 2011-11
dc.description.abstract Atonement theories have great implications for the soteriological paradigms associated with them, but their significance has not always been recognized in the formulation of theological systems, the lack of dogmatic definition by ecumenical council encouraging diversification and isolation from other doctrinal loci. The strongest coherence between an atonement model and soteriology can be seen in the reformed tradition, and its theory of penal substitution has become the standard accepted by many non-reformed protestant groups, including classical pentecostalism. Tensions persist in the theological system of pentecostalism because of its pairing of penal substitution with the soteriological paradigm of its foundational symbol of faith, the full gospel of Jesus as savior, sanctifier, baptizer with the Spirit, healer, and coming king. This vision of salvation is broader than that of protestant orthodoxy, which through its atonement theory deleteriously separates the death of Christ from his work in life and strictly limits the subjects and nature of salvation, specifically to addressal of elect individuals’ sins. It is proposed that this tension within the pentecostal system be relieved not through a reduction of its soteriology but a retrieval of the Christus victor model, the atonement theory of the ancient and Eastern church. As reintroduced to the Western church by G. Aulén, this model interprets the saving work of Christ along two lines: recapitulation, the summing up and saving of humanity via the incarnation, and ransom, the deliverance of humanity from the hostile powers holding it in bondage. In a contemporary, pentecostal appropriation of this model, aid is taken from K. Barth’s concept of nothingness to partially demythologize the cosmic conflict of the Bible, and pentecostalism reinvigorates the Eastern paradigm of salvation as theosis or Christification via the expectation of the replication of Christ’s ministry in the Christian. The study shows Christus victor can give a more stable base for a broader soteriology that is concerned with the holistic renewal of the human person. To demonstrate the developed model’s vigor and applicability beyond pentecostalism, the study closes by bringing it into conversation with the concerns of three contemporary theological movements. en
dc.format.extent 1 online resource (vi, 249 leaves)
dc.language.iso en en
dc.subject Pentecostalism en
dc.subject Atonement en
dc.subject Soteriology en
dc.subject Christus Victor en
dc.subject Christology en
dc.subject Work of Christ en
dc.subject Recapitulation en
dc.subject Ransom theory en
dc.subject Reformed theology en
dc.subject Wesleyanism en
dc.subject Salvation en
dc.subject Healing en
dc.subject Fourfold gospel en
dc.subject Liberation en
dc.subject.ddc 230.994
dc.subject.lcsh Pentecostalism
dc.subject.lcsh Pentecostal churches -- Doctrines
dc.subject.lcsh Atonement
dc.subject.lcsh Salvation -- Christianity
dc.subject.lcsh Jesus Christ -- Person and offices
dc.subject.lcsh Healing -- Religious aspects -- Christianity
dc.title Theories of atonement and the development of soteriological paradigms : implications of a pentecostal appropriation of the Christus Victor model en
dc.type Thesis en
dc.description.department Philosophy & Systematic Theology en D. Th. (Systematic Theology)

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