Jonathan Edwards Week – Edwards and Atonement

What does Jonathan Edwards believe when it comes to atonement? Well, its nothing terribly interesting – he takes the traditional reformed line when it comes to this doctrine. However – in one of his miscellanies he says something that has been used by other theologians (John McLeod Campbell initially) to argue that he might haveContinue reading “Jonathan Edwards Week – Edwards and Atonement”

Locating Atonement

[This is the final “Atonement Week” blog post.] This past Thursday and Friday I attended The 3rd annual Los Angeles Theology Conference – the topic was “Locating Atonement.” I especially enjoyed Ben Myers’ Atonement & the Image of God and Michael Horton’s Atonement and Ascension. Ben’s lecture was really stimulating, especially in light of theContinue reading “Locating Atonement”

Atonement & Creation – Notes on Matthew Levering’s LATC15 Presentation

Here are some notes on the first plenary session of the Los Angeles Theology Conference…. Satisfaction theories can only be understood in the context of the doctrine of creation. Nicholas Wolterstorff’s Critique of Satisfaction In the sermon on the mount Jesus rejected the reciprocity code of justice – i.e. he rejects a retributive model ofContinue reading “Atonement & Creation – Notes on Matthew Levering’s LATC15 Presentation”

Penal Substitution? Two Objections and Responses

Penal substitution takes a lot of flack these days. Many of the objections that come up against PSA have focused on this theories assumptions about what justice is.  However, many of these objections are based upon what we tend to think justice is. But as Donald Macleod has said, It would be certainly perilous toContinue reading “Penal Substitution? Two Objections and Responses”

Geerhardus Vos on Atonement

A lot of criticisms leveled against penal substitution (PSA) are based upon the fact that PSA is far to commercial in nature. It makes it seem as though God is subject to some abstract economic theory over which he is not sovereign. It is also said that it makes atonement a cold unloving action inContinue reading “Geerhardus Vos on Atonement”

The Direction of Atonement in Luther’s Theology

When it comes to atonement theologies people often break them up into classic, satisfaction, and subjective categories. However it might be better to classify atonement theories according to whom the atonement is directed towards. For instance, Patristic atonement theories tend to say that Christ’s work aims at achieving something in regard to the “powers.” AnselmianContinue reading “The Direction of Atonement in Luther’s Theology”

Responsibility and Atonement (Pt. 2)

It’s Easter Weekend! Its the time of year we Christians celebrate Christ’s atoning work for us on the cross and his resurrection, which we participate in through baptism into Christ. In light of the fact that it is Easter weekend I will be blogging on Richard Swinburne’s Responsibility and Atonement this easter weekend. I hopeContinue reading “Responsibility and Atonement (Pt. 2)”

Atonement (Part 2): Abelard and a Moral Exemplar Theory(?)

Today we continue this quick series on the Doctrine of Atonement. The theory we are looking at today has often been called the Moral Exemplar theory. Many liberal theologians (especially feminist, womanist, and mujerista theolgians) have gravitated towards this view because it doesn’t seem to have the metaphysical and ethical implications that Satisfaction theories (Anselm’sContinue reading “Atonement (Part 2): Abelard and a Moral Exemplar Theory(?)”