Stephen Finlan

Stephen Finlan
Salve Regina University

Ph.D. in Pauline Theology

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Introduction
I mainly focus on debates about Christian atonement, the teachings of Jesus, and the theology of the Apostle Paul. I also write extensively on Theosis.
Additional affiliations
August 2018 - present
The First Church
Position
  • Pastor
January 2016 - December 2016
Providence College
Position
  • Professor (Associate)
Education
September 1999 - January 2004
University of Durham
Field of study
  • Pauline Theology

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Publications (15)
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Beneath the commonplace affirmation that Jesus "paid for our sins" lie depths of implication: did God demand a blood sacrifice to assuage divine anger? Is sacrifice (consciously or unconsciously) intended to induce the deity to show favor? What underlies the various metaphors for atonement used in the Bible? Here, Stephen Finlan surveys psychologic...
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In his previous book, Problems with Atonement, Stephen Finlan compellingly argues that the doctrine of atonement has been more a stumbling block to a true understanding of the relationship between God and humanity than a genuine explanation of how we relate to God and God to us. Options on Atonement reprises these arguments briefly, then looks more...
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Three key passages in three different gospels open a window into Jesus' teachings on the divinization (spiritual transformation) of believers
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Shows the difference between the theology of salvation "purchased by blood" and Jesus' actual teachings about salvation being already available, and God needing no payment.
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Theological usage of the term “atonement” refers to a cluster of ideas in the Old Testament that center on the cleansing of impurity (which needs to be done to prevent God from leaving the Temple), and to New Testament notions that “Christ died for our sins” (1 Corinthians 15:3) and that “we were reconciled to God through the death of his Son” (Rom...
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The Paradox of Christian Sacrifice: The Loss of Self, The Gift of Self. By BivianoErin Lothes. New York: Herder & Herder/Crossroad, 2007. x + 293 pages. $39.95 (paper). - Volume 36 Issue 2 - Stephen Finlan
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Atonement in the Old TestamentAtonement in the New TestamentAtonement Theories in Christian HistoryCritics of Penal SubstitutionConclusion References

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