Fortress Press


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Cur deus homo? Why, Anselm asked, did God become human, and why was it necessary for the God-man to die? Anselm’s answers were powerfully persuasive for many Christians for generations, but in the 20th and 21st centuries, many of the biblical and traditional conceptions of sacrificial atonement have been challenged by theologians and biblical scholars alike. Do they imply a punitive rather than a loving God? Do they reinforce patterns of abuse? And most important, what alternatives, ancient and new, can offer us life-giving and liberative understandings of God in relation to the death of Jesus?

Fortress authors explore the thought of prominent theologians, ancient (Irenaeus) and modern (Paul Tillich), and wrestle with the questions afresh.