According to all the Christian creeds, the purpose of Christ's coming was 'for us and for our salvation'. It is a central tenet of Christian belief that what God did through Jesus Christ was, and is, the reconciliation of the world to God. That this is so is agreed by all Christians. But precisely how this was, and is, achieved is the subject of much uncertainty in popular belief and theology alike. It has to be pointed out, of course, that the doctrine of the Atonement, as it is called, is not, as such, set out in the creeds. But it remains one of the most contested areas of Christian understanding. In this chapter we survey the contributions of Anglo-American philosophers of religion to reflection on this doctrine.

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