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Is there an overarching model of the atonement?

Penal substitutionary atonement has come under significant attack within evangelical circles in recent decades. Defenders of its legitimacy have often argued that it is the dominant or overarching biblical concept of the saving work Jesus accomplished in his death, even when they grant that it is one of many biblical derived theories which complement one another. Many critics of penal substitution have been equally sweeping in their denunciation, not simply lowering its importance but denying … Continue reading

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Justification: imputation, and final basis

Today, I was reading a review, the particulars of which are not relevant, but the author speaks of “N. T. Wright’s brand of the New Perspective, in explaining justification: . . . . imputation of Christ’s righteousness is refuted; . . . and there is a final eschatological justification based on the faithful life lived.” That reminded me of the review I wrote a couple of years ago, of N. T. Wright’s book, Justification: God’s … Continue reading

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