EAMONN MULCAHY, THE CAUSE OF OUR SALVATION. Soteriological Causality according to some Modern British Theologians 1988-1998
British theology has long been known for its love-affair with the atonement. In the closing years of the twentieth century at a time, when the saving death of Christ was being deconstructed under the scalpel of the post-modernist critique four British theologians attempted to articulate a new formulation of this core Christian belief.
This dissertation offers an in-depth study of the soteriologies of Colin Gunton, Paul Fiddes, Vernon White and John McIntyre attempting to identify and evaluate their contribution to constructing an ecumenically sensitive soteriology for the twenty-first century.
Throughout, the book focuses on a crucial question: just how are we saved by Jesus Christ? Is the Church right in claiming that salvation comes about through the suffering and death of Christ on the cross as is expressed so often in her liturgical prayers?
This work whilst appreciating the many positive insights of the chosen quartet of British theologians offers its own attempt to articulate a relational soteriology of «communio», moving away from narrower interpretations of sacrifice, expiation, propitiation and emphasising that we are saved by the love mediated in the whole life of Christ – incarnation, ministry, death, resurrection and sending of the Spirit.
EAMONN MULCAHY, born in Manchester, England in 1954, was ordained a Spiritan priest in 1980. He gained a Licentiate in Dogmatic Theology from the Gregorian University in Rome in 1983. After several years of pastoral work in Britain and Nigeria and teaching at the Missionary Institute London, he returned to Rome and completed his Doctorate in Systematic Theology at the Gregorian in 2004. He is presently working in Kenya lecturing in Theology at Tangaza College, Catholic University of Eastern Africa, Nairobi.
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