Monday, August 16, 2010
Christianity is bascially about the idea that Jesus died for sinners. What does that mean? How does that work? Christians have for millennia debated and disputed this central point. Unlike the doctrine of the Trinity or the Person of Christ, there has never been a consensus among Christians as to what the cross means and how it saves. This is a major problem that cannot be swept under the rug.
My goal in blogging about the atonement is to show the following:
1. No theory of the atonement put forward by Christians is coherent and consistent with the rest of classical Christian doctrine.
2. The theory held by the majority of Evangelical Christians, the Penal Substitutionary Theory, is fatally flawed.
3. How Christians came to believe that the death of Christ is an atonement for sins can be explained from the cultural influences that were present in the first century.
So, it may seem that I am "beating a dead horse" with all of my posts about the atonement but in reality I am attacking the central tenet of the Christian faith.