Vicarious Sacrifice, Grounded in Principles of Universal Obligation.
by Horace Bushnell
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Horace Bushnell (1802-1876), minister and theologian, is sometimes called “the father of
American religious liberalism.” Influenced by Emerson, Coleridge, and Schleiermacher,
the controversial Bushnell thoroughly critiqued the emphasis on the conversion
experience so popular among the Christian revivalists of his time. With The Vicarious
Sacrifice, he makes his contribution to Christian thoughts on Christology, the
Incarnation, and the various theories of the atonement. Bushnell employs careful, precise
arguments that won the respect of others despite disagreement and controversy. For
readers today, Bushnell’s work provides a bridge between two diverging movements,
conservative and liberal, in past and contemporary American Christian theology.
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