The Mosaic of Atonement Video Lectures
The Mosaic of Atonement Video Lectures offers a fresh and integrated approach to historic models of atonement.
Modern treatments of the atonement have tended toward two extremes by either singling out one model as most important, or presenting multiple images with no order of arrangement. This video series takes a different approach, exploring the four "pieces" of atonement through the image of a Christ-shaped mosaic:
- The Feet: Recapitulation
- The Heart: Penal Substitution
- The Head: Christus Victor
- The Hands: Moral Influence
Unlike a photograph, a mosaic allows each piece to retain its recognizable particularity, while also integrating them in the service of a single larger image. In the great mosaics of age-old Christian churches, the goal is not to construct the image, as in a puzzle, but to appreciate it.
So too with this mosaic of atonement doctrine. While no one model is set above or against the others, The Mosaic of Atonement Video Lectures notes particular ways in which the "pieces"--the feet, heart, head, and hands--mutually support one another to form a more holistic vision of Christ's work.
About the Author
Joshua McNall (PhD, University of Manchester) is Assistant Professor of Theology at Oklahoma Wesleyan University. His other books include, A Free Corrector: Colin Gunton and the Legacy of Augustine (Fortress, 2015), and the popular-level, Long Story Short: The Bible in Six Simple Movements (Seedbed, 2018). He lives in Bartlesville, Oklahoma with his wife Brianna and their four children. He blogs regularly at www.joshuamcnall.com.