(Saving Power, Ch. 5) Athanasius & the Renewal of Creation or “Why American Evangelicals need Athanasius”

We turn our attention now to Peter Schmiechen’s appraisal of Athanasius saving-power.jpg(Chapter 5).

As it relates to atonement theology, Athanasius is good for North American Evangelicals for at least two reasons (both of which are emphasized by Schmiechen). First, Athanasius moves our focus away from personal forgiveness and freedom from sin. Certainly these are powerful marks of the new life in Christ, but the presence of God in Christ is “not simply the means for accomplishing liberation and forgiveness.” Continue reading