A Biblical, Theological, and Historical Study of the CROSS OF CHRIST

by David L. Allen


The atonement of Christ is the heart of Christianity. Christians are not only a people of the Book, but a people of the cross.

In this accessible resource, author David L. Allen carefully summarizes the doctrine of the atonement, with definitions of key terms, discussion of key Old and New Testament texts, and a survey of the historical theories of the atonement. Addressing topics like the atonement’s necessity, nature, intent, extent, and application, The Atonement answers questions such as, “Is the atonement actual or potential?” and “Is the blood of Christ wasted on those who are eternally lost?” This book will be a go-to resource for all those who wish to understand what Christ accomplished on the cross by his death.


“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 Allen’s 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 Allen’s 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