More on “Christus Victor”: follow up to Sunday’s Adult Forum

At Sunday’s adult forum, we had an interesting discussion about the different type of atonement theories (i.e. how Jesus’ death and resurrection is “saving” for us). Since this is a very appropriate topic for Holy Week, I thought I’d share a couple of background articles. You can read more about the oldest atonement theory, the main one that early church writers subscribed to, “Christus Victor” or Christ victorious over death, here.  And here’s more on the various types of atonement theology. The point, as we discussed at adult forum, is there are many ways to think about the meaning of Jesus’ death for us beyond the “penal substitution” model  that was popularized by John Calvin and still is predominate in Calvinist  and evangelical churches today.

 

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