is still a vital teaching of the Bible, in my not so humble opinion. I know many are dropping it like a hot potato, but I think they are wrong. Yes, perhaps here are elements of all theories in the atonement, but if you ask me, I think Substitutionary Atonement is still front and center of the gospel message.
Michael Kruger writes about how it goes back to the early church (most say it can’t be found before Anslem, but Kruger differs. How so? Read his post. Here is part:
The Epistle to Diognetus shows that the doctrine of the substitutionary atonement and the imputation of Christ’s righteousness are not wholesale inventions of later Christians, but were present, at least in seed form, early in the history of Christianity. Did some Christian groups hold other views of such matters? Sure. But the continuity between the teachings of this epistle and the writings…
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