In this second volume on Christology entitled Atonement: The Person and Work of Christ, Torrance picks up where he left off in Incarnation: The Person and Life of Christ at Jesus' approach to the cross. In that volume Torrance's primary concern was to understand the significance of Christ in his person and life; or the just who it is that Christ claims to be.In Atonement Torrance builds on this prior work and wants to understand the work of Christ, along with its significance and consequences in light of who Christ is. Thus, the question for Torrance becomes, just what did Christ accomplish on the cross? And, why is "who he is" significant when we talk about his "work on the cross"?This is the major program in Torrance's work. He wants to show the theo-logical relationship between Incranation and Atonement, and then show how these doctrines influence and frame the early Christological and Soteriological confessions of the church.Torrance's Atonement along with its prequel Incarnation are sure to become standard readings in Christology, and in all fields immediately related to it. As lectures given to students, they show the creative energy, precise theological thinking, and deep devotion to Christ that Torrance was known for. While it will be some time before the impact of these two volumes impact can resonate, look for these works to have significant influence on theology in the years to come.
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