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Atonement, Justice and Peace in Romans 1-6

Starling, David I. (2015) Atonement, Justice and Peace in Romans 1-6. Pacific Journal of Baptist Research, 10. pp. 23-28. ISSN 1177-0228

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Abstract

This article originated as a paper presented at a symposium held by the Anabaptist Association of Australia and New Zealand, and was offered as a response to a lecture by Darrin Snyder Belousek on “Jesus’ Death and the Pauline Epistles: ‘Mercy Seat’ and Place-Taking.” It takes Romans 1–6 as a case study and explores the way in which Paul describes the relationship between atonement, justice and peace. The paper finds common ground with Belousek on a number of key points: God’s justice is not one-dimensionally retributive, his saving righteousness does not terminate at justification, and the peace announced in the gospel demands visible social embodiment, not merely the inward tranquillity of the soul. Nevertheless, it argues, the frame within which Paul expounds the saving work of Christ in Rom 3:21–26 offers strong support for a reading that interprets Paul’s depiction of Christ as a hilastērion against the backdrop of divine, judicial wrath, and suggests no good reason for taking this as inconsistent with these other, complementary, Pauline emphases.

Item Type: Published Articles
Repository Version: Metadata Only
Keywords (separated by commas): Romans, Atonement, Peace, Justice
Fields of Research: 22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2204 Religion and Religious Studies > 220401 Christian Studies (incl. Biblical Studies and Church History)
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970122 Expanding Knowledge in Philosophy and Religious Studies
Type of Activity: Pure Basic Research
Subject Area(s): B - New Testament
Association with University of Divinity: Morling College
Depositing User: Dr David Starling
Date Deposited: 07 Jun 2016 14:38
Last Modified: 27 Sep 2016 12:10
URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/2002

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