Hilasterion and My Atonement Theory

Ryan Robinson

It is easiest to identify Ryan as both theologian and tech guy. By day, Ryan is a Technical Consultant work with PeaceWorks Technology Solutions. There, he works on websites, CRMs, and SharePoint implementations. Along with blogging here, Ryan is a founding member of the MennoNerds blogging network and a contributor to the book A Living Alternative.

2 Responses

  1. Adam Dickison says:

    I’m just about to finish up a really interesting book that, among other things, lays out a theory of atonement that I have not heard before called Reflective Atonement. It’s based on Mimetic theory (which I fear is faddish at the moment, but still…) and it offers a really fresh perspective that incorporates parts of Christus Victor and parts of Moral Influence. Unlike Christus Victor it doesn’t have the problem of Satan having to be paid off and unlike Moral Influence it doesn’t neglect the importance of the death and resurrection of Christ. It also seems to present a vision of God that is very much inline with what was revealed in Christ, namely a God that is always with us and suffers the pain of our sin along with us when we choose to turn away, which is in stark contrast to the vision of God in PSA who turns away from us and suffers our sin in anger and resentment.

    Anyway, I know this is an old post and you’ve probably moved onto new rabbit trails and thought explorations, but it may be something that interests you. The book is called Desire Found Me by Andre Rabe.

    • Hmmm, sounds interesting. It is true that I haven’t spend too much in a while wrestling with atonement, although it has always been an interesting one for me.

      Side notes:
      – Yes, mimetic is a bit faddish at the moment, but I don’t think that’s a bad thing. It isn’t a complete answer in and of itself, but definitely adds some important things to the discussion.
      – I wouldn’t say CV has a problem of having to pay off Satan. Ransom arguably does, which is one subcategory of CV, but not the CV motif in general. It simply means that God defeats Satan, so there are other explanations for how God defeated Satan on the cross beyond the classic ransom fish hook.