"Anyone familiar with the works of David Allen knows the comprehensive research that undergirds his writings. This book is no different. The depth and breadth of his study is encyclopedic. The title itself tells you what you will find and you will not be disappointed. There also is a passionate defense within these pages both for universal atonement and penal substitution. I find Allens argument compelling and, even if you do not, there still will be great value in engaging what he has written."
Daniel L. Akin, president, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary
"David Allen has produced a judicious exposition of biblical teaching on the atonement, simultaneously informed by church history, engaging with the latest research in biblical and systematic theology, while seeking to inspire preachers to set before their congregations Jesus Christ and him crucified. This is atonement theology by a preacher and for preachers."
Michael F. Bird, academic dean, lecturer in theology, Ridley College, Melbourne, Australia
"David Allens The Atonement: A Biblical, Theological, and Historical Study of the Cross of Christ is well argued and clearly written. It is persuasive and it is concise. This is a book that should be read by every preacher, every professor of theology, and every student in seminary. No topic is more important and I know of no book that covers the topic this well. I recommend it with enthusiasm."
Craig A. Evans, John Bisagno Distinguished Professor of Christian Origins, Houston Baptist University
"David Allens new book is an insightful and illuminating treatment of the crucial doctrine of the atonement, which includes an unusual and refreshing combination of careful exposition of Scripture, close attention to historical theology, and nuanced and compelling systematic analysis. Allen deftly addresses an impressively wide array of questions and issues, advancing the conversation with a clear, consistent, and deeply biblical theology of the atonement, which displays the breadth and depth of Gods love and mercy without compromising Gods justice or pitting divine love and justice against one another. This splendid book is sure to be profitable for a wide readership."
John C. Peckham, professor of theology and Christian philosophy, Andrews University
"The doctrine of the cross of Christ is of first importance for the Christian faith and grasping its meaning and significance is every Christians privilege, joy and duty. This book is a wonderfully concise and lucid account of the teaching of the Bible and the history of Christian thought on the glorious message of the cross. Highly recommended."
Brian Rosner, principal, Ridley College, Melbourne, Australia