The Atonement by William Lane CraigHow did Christs death overcome the estrangement and condemnation of sinners before a holy God, so as to reconcile them to Him? A great variety of theories of the atonement have been offered over the centuries to make sense of the fact that Christ by his death has provided the means of reconciliation with God: ransom theories, satisfaction theories, moral influence theories, penal substitution theories, and so on. Competing theories need to be assessed by (i) their accord with biblical data and (ii) their philosophical coherence.
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William Lane Craig. Thank you very much for your ministry. It has helped me very much in deepening my understanding why we, as Christians, believe what we believe. I am an Orthodox Christian and although in our tradition, reason is secondary to the experience of the Divine through good works of unconditional love, I have benefited immensely from your work when talking to anyone who may not necessarily be open to claims of experience. I was wondering what your views on the Christus Victor theory of Atonement are.
Craig — your newest book: The Atonement. That is a beautiful cover. I had wanted something a little more literal like a crucifixion painting, but I rather like this cover. It portrays the dark silhouettes of trees against the starry sky at night, and one of the metaphors in the New Testament for the cross of Christ is the tree — he himself bore our sins in his body on the tree , the Bible says. So it is not inappropriate to have this cover featuring these trees reaching to the sky. The first part is a review of the biblical material, both Old Testament and New Testament, with respect to the doctrine of the atonement. This is, I think, an absolutely essential part of the book because when you read the work of contemporary Christian philosophers on the atonement they are, in general, biblically uninformed.
The Atonement (Elements in the Philosophy of Religion) [William Lane Craig] on This book explores the meaning of the word 'atonement' and how Christ's.
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The chapter I gravitated towards first was the chapter on Atonement. So, I wanted to see what they had to say. Unsurprisingly the chapter on the doctrine of atonement is primarily a defense of penal substitution PSA. They define PSA as:. The Doctrine that God inflicted on Christ the suffering we deserved as the punishment for our sins, as a result of which we no longer deserve punishment. They helpfully nuance this position saying that this definition leaves open the question whether or not Christ was punished for our sins.
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