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From a series of articles which appeared in The Christian World during 1899–1900, this volume gives readers a large and comprehensive view of the central doctrine of the Christian faith, and to consider the main lines of argument from each perspective. The Atonement in Modern Religious Thought contains essays from the most influential theologians from the turn of the century—from various countries, churches, and theological perspectives. It is designed for readers to gain mutual understanding on divergent—and occasionally contrary—views of the atonement. In addition to an essay by Godet, this volume also contains contributions from P.T. Forsyth, Lyman Abbott, Adolf Harnack, and R.J. Campbell.
Godet, in all his commentaries, shows a scholarly breadth of familiarity with the commentators who preceded him. Many of their interpretations are stated and refuted in order to present that which the author feels is the correct interpretation of the passage. One can in reading this work avail himself of a clear summary of the views of many various writers. The author was respected as a theologian, hence his work has depth, and was revered as a Greek scholar and exegete, and thus his work has accuracy.
[Frédéric Louis Godet] has many qualifications for his work. One of the most needful exists in an eminent degree—a hearty sympathy with the book he is expounding. He does not approach it from the outside, but the inside, having a heartfelt experience of the power of the blessedness of its truths.
—Talbot W. Chambers