Keeping Salvation Ethical:
Mennonite and Amish Atonement Theology in the Late Nineteenth Century
In this pioneering work, J. Denny Weaver analyzes late-19th-century Mennonite and Amish thought on atonement, an issue of concern for all Christians. He maintains that these Anabaptists did have a theology, displayed in the lived faith and in their writings, but it was threatened by the satisfaction theory of atonement.
Here is a unique comparative study of theology across Mennonite and Amish denominational lines. Weaver demonstrates how these eight writers tied nonresistance and atonement together, in contrast to 19th-century American evangelical theology.
Weaver uses many primary sources long neglected. His book creatively links history to theology and to the contemporary church. In a bold challenge, he proposes a historicized Christus Victor model of atonement and peacemaking for an alternative-church theology in critique of Christendom.
"Thoroughly documented. . . . An excellent historical background for continuing analysis." --C. Norman Kraus, in the Foreword
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