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Hans Boersma: Violence, Hospitality, and the Cross

Violence, Hospitality, and the Cross is a rewarding book that offers both readability and theological substance. The reader might be disappointed that Boersma does not place the atonement tradition in an explicitly Trinitarian context. Neither does he pursue the role of the Holy Spirit in the traditional atonement theories and, as a consequence, in the divine hospitality. On the other hand, the book ends with a strong section on the public face of hospitality that should stimulate discussion on the continuation of the presence of Christ in the Church through the proclamation of the Word, baptismal fellowship, the celebration of the Eucharist, and the Church’s own role in suffering. The application of atonement theories to Christian faith and praxis makes the book an approachable source for any reader who wishes to learn more about the three subject matters indicated in the title.

Reviewed by Wolfgang Vondey


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Category: Fall 2006, In Depth

About the Author: Wolfgang Vondey, Ph.D. (Marquette University) and M.Div. (Church of God Theological Seminary), is Professor of Christian Theology and Pentecostal Studies at the University of Birmingham, UK. He is an ordained minister with the Church of God (Cleveland, TN). His research focuses on ecclesiology, pneumatology, theological method, and the intersection of theology and science.

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