Perichoresis 15 (3):97-110 (2017)

Joshua Farris
Houston Baptist University
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 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.
Keywords Anselm  atonement  mechanism  substitution  sufficiency-efficiency
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DOI 10.1515/perc-2017-0018
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