Special Issue "Atonement: Classic and Contemporary, Sacred and Secular"

A special issue of Religions (ISSN 2077-1444). This special issue belongs to the section "Religions and Theologies".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 August 2022.

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Joshua C. Thurow
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Guest Editor
Department of Philosophy and Classics, University of Texas at San Antonio, San Antonio, TX 78249, USA
Interests: epistemology; philosophy of religion; metaphysics

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Atonement—the general notion of doing something to make up for one’s wrongdoing in order to move towards being “at one” with the victims of the wrong—is a fundamental human notion. All humans wrong each other and in response we often desire or demand atonement. Racial and other forms of injustice have led many to believe that atonement for past wrongs is a crucial part of moving forward in a new, healthier and more just, social life. Atonement is of particular significance within certain religions—e.g., Christianity with its doctrine of Christ’s atonement for human sin. Recently, there has been a wellspring of work on atonement—both in the religious dimensions, including the doctrine of the atonement, and in general human dimensions of how we ought to atone to one another. The goal of this Special Issue is to expand discussion of atonement in a few ways: i) expanding our understanding of the religious dimensions of atonement by examining atonement across a variety of religions and in neglected theologians and philosophers of the past; ii) tracing out connections between atonement and other important concepts such as reconciliation, justification, forgiveness, restitution and reparation, love, and justice; and iii) examining the communal importance of atonement (e.g., through the notions of collective wrongs and collective atonement). Any paper that fits with these broad goals may be submitted. The Special Issue aims to draw on a better understanding of past work—theological and philosophical—on atonement to contribute to a richer contemporary understanding of the nature and value of atonement for both sacred and secular spheres of life.

Dr. Joshua C. Thurow
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • atonement
  • forgiveness
  • satisfaction
  • reparation
  • restitution
  • reconciliation
  • making amends
  • sacrifice
  • penance
  • Anselm

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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