This was originally going to be a summer project, I think, but time this summer is running out, so I've extended the end of my timeline to December. The goal of the project is to formulate some sort of coherent statement on the nature of the atonement and it's meaning for the Christian life. I'll be posting thoughts and progress reports here on IMF.
My goal is to survey references to atonement/"the" atonement throughout the Bible. I've already started combing the NT, book by book; I will include the results in an analysis of the atonement theology of individual books, then authors, then broad historical contexts.
I also want to delve into the relevant literature. The three most relevant books I have on hand are Recovering the Scandal of the Cross by Green and Baker, The Cross of Christ by John Stott and Evil and the Justice of God by N.T. Wright. I'll try to get into the UGA library as much as possible before I go back to Bryan; they have a bunch of relevant books including Gustav Aulen's Christus Victor. There are online resources available through the BC library as well, including Richard Swinburne's Responsibility and Atonement and a plethora of journal articles. I'll update with reviews and relevant thoughts from these sources.
All in all, should be fun.