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Eleonore Stump


The doctrine that Christ has saved human beings from their sins, with all that that salvation entails, is the distinctive doctrine of Christianity. Over the course of many centuries of reflection on the doctrine, highly diverse understandings have been proposed, many of which have also raised strong positive or negative emotions in those who have reflected on them. In this book, in the context of this history of interpretation, Eleonore Stump considers this theological doctrine with philosophical care. The central question of the book is the nature of the atonement. That is, what is it that is ... More

Keywords: love, union, guilt, shame, forgiveness, Anselm, Aquinas, justification, sanctification, sacrifice

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Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780198813866
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198813866.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Eleonore Stump, author
Robert J. Henle Professor of Philosophy, Saint Louis University

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Part I What Is Wanted, What Is Needed to Get What Is Wanted, and What Will Not Work

Part II What Is Wanted: What It Is Not and What It Is

Part III What Is Needed to Get What Is Wanted and the Atonement of Christ

Part IV The Desiderata for an Interpretation of the Doctrine of the Atonement