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Atonement
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As its etymology implies, the term “atonement” (at-one-ment) denotes the restored state of fellowship between God and humanity – God and humanity being “at one.” In the early church, a variety of categories – such as redemption, forgiveness, revealed knowledge, purification or expiation, and propitiation – contribute to making “atonement.” The word is, therefore, used here wit…

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Moffitt, David M., “Atonement”, in: Brill Encyclopedia of Early Christianity Online, General Editor David G. Hunter, Paul J.J. van Geest, Bert Jan Lietaert Peerbolte. Consulted online on 17 September 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2589-7993_EECO_SIM_00000336>
First published online: 2019



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