Moral influence theory of atonement

The moral influence or moral example theory of atonement, developed or most notably propagated by Abelard (1079–1142),[1][2][note 1] is an alternative to Anselm's satisfaction theory of atonement.[1] Abelard focused on changing man's perception of God as not offended, harsh, and judgmental, but as loving.[3] According to Abelard, "Jesus died as the demonstration of God's love," a demonstration which can change the hearts and minds of the sinners, turning back to God.[3][4]