The central Christian belief in salvation through the suffering, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ remains one of the most intractable mysteries of Christian faith. One of the important challenges for contemporary Christian theology involves exploring new ways of understanding the salvific meaning of the cross. Newton College Alumnae Professor of Western Culture Catherine Cornille has edited a new book that brings together Christian theologians with expertise in Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Daoism, and African religions to reflect on how engagement with these traditions sheds new light on the Christian understanding of atonement. In Atonement and Comparative Theology: The Cross in Dialogue with Other Religions (Fordham University Press, 2021), contributors illustrate the possibilities for comparative theology to deepen and enrich Christian theological reflection. Boston College graduate Bede Benjamin Bidlack, an associate professor of theology at Saint Anselm College is one of the book’s contributors.
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