Many have raised moral and theological objections on the justness, theological coherence and compatibility of the atonement.
In this episode of Faith Informed, Dr. William Lane Craig joins me to discuss the crucial doctrine of the atonement and more specifically, penal substitution.
How does Christ’s atoning death reconcile us to God? Why did Jesus have to die? Was His death necessary? How have Christians historically understood the doctrine of the atonement? How does Christ’s atoning death serve to expiate sin and propitiate God? Is penal substitution incompatible with God’s love? How is it just for God to punish Christ, an innocent party in place of us, the truly guilty ones? We will examine these questions and more. Dr. Craig has written extensively on the subject in his book, Atonement and the Death of Christ, looking at the atonement from an exegetical, historical and philosophical perspective.
Sam Raju is the Founder and President of Engage International. He served as an Itinerant Speaker with RZIM for several years. He has spoken extensively in several countries on a wide range of topics such as, “Does God Exist?” “Why Suffering,” “Has Science Buried God?” etc.
Jon Topping is a speaker with Engage, and is also a speaker and writer for Power to Change, and an adjunct professor with Master’s College and Seminary where he teaches Philosophy, Ethics, and Apologetics. Check out www.jontopping.com