Penal substitution revisited

by Richard on November 13, 2012

Exploring our Matrix: The Odious Penal Substitutionary Theory of Atonement

it is unfortunate that it has become so widespread in certain (particularly Evangelical) circles that it seems to some that to reject this model of the atonement is to reject Christianity. But of course, that isn’t the case, and this way of interpreting the significance of Jesus’ death – and its relation to human forgiveness – is a relatively recent phenomenon in the history of Christianity.
Atonement theories are, historically speaking, a result of Christians trying to make sense of the crucifixion of Jesus. Since there has never been a single creed stating a particular view of the cross as orthodox, on this topic more than any other, Christians should feel they have a lot of freedom to reflect and rethink. And I would hope that all would agree that any view which says that God is just, and yet simultaneously claims that God behaves unjustly, is a self-contradictory and irreverent mess which ought to be rethought.

I posted my thoughts on penal substitution a while ago…

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