The Logic of Reparative Substitution: Contemporary Restitution Models of Atonement, Divine Justice, and Somatic Death

Joshua Farris*, S. Mark Hamilton

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Abstract

The doctrine of Christ’s atonement is a subject of recurrent interest to contemporary philosophical-theologians. The Penal Substitution theory of atonement, in particular, has precipitated a great deal of interest. In this article, we offer several reasons—reasons related to the nature of divine justice and somatic death—for thinking that a version of Anselm’s Satisfaction theory of atonement is not only a viable, but preferable, Protestant theory of atonement to penal substitution.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)62-77
Number of pages16
JournalIrish Theological Quarterly
Volume83
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2018

Keywords

  • atonement
  • justice
  • penal substitution
  • reparation
  • satisfaction

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