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A Discussion of the Atonement: Abuse, Violence, Sacrifice, and the Cross

Three Reformed theologians--Gabriel Fackre, George Hunsinger, and Leanne Van Dyk--recently joined together to discuss, via a telephone conference call, Christ's atoning work and some of the current criticisms and challenges to traditional understandings of it. Perspectives editor Steve Mathonnet-Vander Well posed the questions. The responses of the three theologians are indicated by their initials.Just by way of introduction, what particularly interests you or seems important for a discussion of the atonement? Gabriel Fackre (GF): How come there's no ecumenical consensus…