I am looking for a good overview/introduction to atonement theory that covers multiple points of view so that I can better understand the difference between the various different theories. I am not looking for someone to outline them here, as I would like a more thorough answer than what would be reasonable in a SE answer. I am also looking for something beyond what Wikipedia provides, as frankly it is not very helpful.

Perhaps a book that devotes a chapter or two to an academic presentation of several different views, but doesn't (strongly) argue for or against any of them, would be best.

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    Shorter than what you are looking for, but much more coherent and succinct than Wikipedia, is Leon Morris on the Theories of the Atonement. Nov 9, 2015 at 22:23
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    Should this be closed because it is a list question? At any rate, I recommend The Cross of Christ by Stott. He covers several atonement theories, though maybe not as extensively as you would like.
    – Steve
    Nov 10, 2015 at 3:31
  • @Steve I didn't ask for all such resources, nor would I want such a list. :) ... Recommend an X questions are considered on-topic at most SEs, although I'm not sure if we've had a meta discussion on it here or not.
    – ThaddeusB
    Nov 10, 2015 at 3:38
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    The Nature of the Atonement: Four Views is probably good, but I haven't read it.
    – curiousdannii
    Nov 10, 2015 at 4:26

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What first comes to mind is Gustaf Aulen's Christus Victor, followed by Jürgen Moltmann's The Crucified God -- I have both on my shelf and they're well-worn.

Though if you don't want a full-length book, here's a great brief summarization. It also has a bibliography (which includes both my recommendations).

  • Book titles should be underlined, not italicized. I can't figure out how to do that, though.
    – Traildude
    Jan 13 at 7:10

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