My seminary pal Thomas has a thoughtful post on atonement theories and how the more traditional models ring hollow for him:
Thomas Whitley – What’s Your Atonement Theory?: “If you pick one of these, why? If you operate from a different theory of atonement what is it and why? I am curious because I am having difficulty finding these theories very meaningful for me.”
I have to echo Thomas here. I’ve never been extremely comfortable focusing on the atonement side of my faith, so this is an issue I struggle with (when the issue presents itself).
I’ve always been attracted to Terry Brook’s The Druid of Shannara for my own atonement allegory 🙂