Reparative substitution and the ‘Efficacy Objection’: Toward a modified satisfaction theory of atonement

Joshua R. Farris, S. Mark Hamilton

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Abstract

The doctrine of the atonement is a subject of perpetual curiosity for a number of contemporary theologians. The penal substitution theory of atonement in particular has precipitated a great deal of recent interest, being held up by many (mostly evangelical) Protestants as ‘the’ doctrine of atonement. In this essay, we make a defense against the objection to the Anselmian theory of atonement that is often leveled against it by exponents of the Penal Substitution theory, namely, that Christ’s work does not accomplish anything for those whom it appears he undertakes his atoning work, but merely makes provision for salvation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)97-110
Number of pages14
JournalPerichoresis
Volume15
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2017

Keywords

  • Anselm
  • Atonement
  • Mechanism
  • Substitution
  • Sufficiency-efficiency

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