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Responsibility and Atonement

Richard Swinburne


When we do good or harm to each other, we acquire merit or guilt; deserve praise or blame, reward or punishment, and may need to make atonement. Others may need to forgive us, or show mercy to us. The first part of this book (Chs. 1–7) is an account of how these moral concepts apply to humans in their dealings with each other. The second part (Chs. 8–12) then applies the results of the first part to reach conclusions about which versions of traditional Christian doctrines that utilize these notions are morally plausible. It considers the doctrines of sin and original sin, redemption, sanctific ... More

Keywords: atonement, Christianity, ethics, forgiveness, God, guilt, Heaven, Hell, Jesus, merit, moral philosophy, morality, original sin, philosophy, punishment, responsibility, reward, sin, Richard Swinburne, theology

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1989 Print ISBN-13: 9780198248491
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003 DOI:10.1093/0198248490.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Richard Swinburne, author
University of Oxford
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