The Reconciling Wisdom of God: Reframing the Doctrine of the Atonement

Lexham Press, 2016
ISBN: 9781577997252
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A Work by, of, and for Wisdom

Adam Johnson has already established himself as a leading theologian of the atonement, but in The Reconciling Wisdom of God: Reframing the Doctrine of the Atonement he considers the atonement in light of God’s wisdom, rather than simply as an act of justice.

By studying the atonement through the lens of God’s infinite wisdom, Johnson is able to speak meaningfully across the lines between the various theories of the atonement. The Reconciling Wisdom of God genuinely reframes the debate around the atonement in terms of God’s wisdom, making it a vital contribution to this essential debate.

The Snapshots Series

The Snapshots series, edited by renowned scholar Michael Bird, engages significant issues in contemporary biblical scholarship, making them accessible to busy students of the word and applicable in the life of the church.

Learn more about the other titles in this series.


  • On Telling Stories
  • Atonement as a Work of Wisdom: Snapshots from Scripture
  • Atonement as a Work of Wisdom: Snapshots from the History of Doctrine
  • Wisdom, Faith Seeking Understanding, and Theories of the Atonement
  • Defining Wisdom
  • Atonement: A Work by, of, and for Wisdom
  • Wisdom and the Breadth of Atonement: In Dialogue with Jonathan Edwards
  • Wisdom, Atonement, and Polemics: Reconciling the Atonement
  • The Way Forward: A New Direction

Praise for The Reconciling Wisdom of God

Some theological technicians know how to take a doctrine apart but not how to put it back together, much less put it back to work. Adam Johnson has the know-how for reassembly. This Snapshot has a lot less Aulén and a lot more Jonathan Edwards than we’ve become accustomed to in books on the atonement. By putting it against the background of God’s orchestrating attribute of wisdom, Johnson joins the irreducible complexity of atonement to the unsurpassable perfection of God. A worthy goal, worthily carried out.

—Fred Sanders, author of The Deep Things of God and coeditor of Locating Atonement

I know of no other theologian who has given themselves so fully to the doctrine of atonement, and I know of no other work that so helpfully introduces a constructive account for the church. Christ’s atonement truly is a work “by, of, and for wisdom.” Let Adam introduce you to Christ’s work anew and show you how Christ reveals the wisdom of God.

—Kyle Strobel, author of Formed for the Glory of God and coauthor of Beloved Dust

Taking his cue from Jonathan Edwards’s sermon series, “The Wisdom of God in the Way of Salvation,” Adam Johnson offers a short, clear, and accessible account of the work of Christ in atonement as the outworking of divine wisdom. The result is a terrific introduction to the doctrine of the atonement, from which students and their teachers are sure to profit.

—Oliver D. Crisp, author of Jonathan Edwards among the Theologians and coeditor of Locating Atonement

Product Details

  • Title: The Reconciling Wisdom of God: Reframing the Doctrine of the Atonement
  • Author: Adam J. Johnson
  • Series Editor: Michael F. Bird
  • Series: Snapshots
  • Publisher: Lexham Press
  • Publication Date: 2016
  • Pages: 148
  • Format: Logos Digital, Paperback
  • Trim Size: 5x8
  • ISBN: 9781577997252

About Adam J. Johnson

Adam J. Johnson (Ph.D., TEDS) is the author of Atonement: A Guide for the Perplexed and God's Being in Reconciliation. He teaches theology and Western Classics in the Torrey Honors Institute at Biola University.