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Eleonore Stump

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780198813866

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198813866.001.0001

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The Atonement and the Solution to the Problems of Guilt and Shame

The Atonement and the Solution to the Problems of Guilt and Shame

(p.339) 10 The Atonement and the Solution to the Problems of Guilt and Shame

Eleonore Stump

Oxford University Press

This chapter considers shame in its major varieties and shows that each of these kinds of shame has a defeat in the atonement of Christ. It then considers guilt in all its elements, including the brokenness in the psyche of the wrongdoer and the bad effects on the world resulting from his wrongdoing, and it shows that, on the interpretation of the doctrine of the atonement argued for in this book, the atonement can remedy all human guilt. Consequently, through the atonement of Christ, a person in grace is freed from guilt and reconciled with God and with other human beings as well, and his guilt is defeated in his flourishing. On this interpretation of the doctrine, one can see the way in which the atonement of Christ makes sense as a solution to the main problem that the atonement was meant to remedy.

Keywords:   guilt, shame, Anselm, satisfaction, the stain on the soul, forgiveness, the problem of evil, reconciliation, repentance, making amends

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