moral theory

noun
variants: or moral influence theory

Definition of moral theory

: a theory of the atonement introduced by Peter Abelard in the 12th century and common in modern liberal theology holding that the life and death of Jesus Christ reconcile man to God by so revealing the holiness and love of God as to win man to repentance and faith

called also subjective theory

— compare satisfaction theory

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“Moral theory.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/moral%20theory. Accessed 16 Oct. 2021.

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