This book turns on the centrality of a real atonement for the Christian revelation of moral redemption and public regeneration. The grace of God in Christ's cross is not a forensic device, but the moral focus of the universe - if all center in the conscience, and morality is the nature of things. By a real atonement Forsyth means not "shown" but "done" on the cross, as the consummation of Christ's holy personality and its work. Forsyth does not aim here at expounding that atonement, but at working our some of its moral implications and results on the public and national side - a side on which a Christianity based only on Christ's teaching has been criticized as defective.
P. T. Forsyth
Peter Taylor Forsyth (1848-1921) preached and pastored for twenty five years before becoming principal of Hackney College in London where he taught Systematic Theology and Preaching. Forsyth converted from theological liberalism to classical Christianity in the mid 1880s. The theological transition was, in his own words, "from a lover of love to an object of grace." A theologian of the cross, Forsyth is well known for his publications The Work of Christ, Cruciality of the Cross, and The Person and Place of Jesus Christ.