From time immemorial Christians have been held responsible for their strong stand on the doctrines of Atonement. In this book by author Scott McKnight's theology tends to approach the issue of atonement from a less embracive way to amore liberal approach in the Christian faith, believes and even practices. Through the discussion of the discussion of the church's atonement metaphors he gives an emphasis that the Christians must not only call into society, men who are seen as lost but show them a responsibility of love through their action and their community.In the world today many authors of the church have been raising questions about atonement. Those views can be seen as accurate and on point from my perspective. This is because of the enthusiasm they elicit in their works and analysis. In this chapter Mc Knight has stroke to the point and implied that there ought to be the definition in a manner that is realistic actual and most practical manner that is humane to those who we share the same principles and those we don't. Atonement on its real sense is the reconciliation of the previously sides that were not committal to one another. He introduces the main points in this chapter about how the Christian community was introduced to narrow theories of atonement through historical theological and biblical studies. The theories and praxis that ought to reside in their church haven't been truly been practiced hence the author tends to expose how the beliefs have played a role in the general practices attitudes and practices of Christians.
In this chapter Scott McKnight actually portrays that Jesus Christ Himself came down and physically became a human being. This is the ultimate way of showing solidarity and a true sense of atonement. He further takes the reader through specific metaphors of substitution, representation, penal substation and all the many others that have been highlighted to be of the required approach. The Lord takes into account the importance of incorporating the res of the humans into the reconciliatory circles.
As this part concludes on his observation, it's clear and evident that the atonement may have not been successful in the change of the attitude and practices of the Christians. This is because they show a one sided approach to their relationship with others their God and nature. Their practices are explained partially due to their failure to adjust. Hence I can agree with Mr. Scott about his approach to the real atonement's