Category - penal substitution

  • March 29, 2013

    Much has been written about the meaning of the cross, a subject on which Christians hold varying views, says Savitri Hensman. In Christ’s sacrifice, the true horror is exposed and the hope of a different way of life revealed. This can be difficult to comprehend, but it cannot be ignored or sidelined.

  • April 23, 2011

    How, we may ask on Good Friday, can wholeness, deliverance and healing possibly flow from a state execution resulting in the unjust violent death of a good person - one in whom his friends and followers felt they had met divine love at its most tangible and engaging? Simon Barrow explores the troubling mystery at the core of Christian belief, and looks at ways theology can address it intellectually, humanly and practically.

  • April 4, 2010

    Conflicting views of the meaning of the crucifixion have led to strikingly different patterns of behaviour among Christian believers, says Jonathan Bartley. Damaging understandings of atonement have tragic consequences for healthy Christian witness and performance.

  • April 12, 2009

    The Cross of Christ is God's identification with the victim, says Giles Fraser. It abolishes the order of sin and death by abolishing sacrifice, not sanctifying it.

  • September 20, 2008
  • July 25, 2007

    Apocalypto is a sequel to Mel Gibson's The Passion of the Christ, reckons Giles Fraser. And he is less than impressed with its message about religion and violence.

  • April 25, 2007

    A group which has been at the centre of legal battles with universities over the rights of Christians to discriminate, has announced it is to split with a leading Christian event.

  • April 18, 2007
  • April 18, 2007

    Jeffrey John's Holy Week talk on the cross produced a torrent of abuse from many who had not heard it. ut his argument against a vindictive atonement theory is mainstream Anglican teaching.

  • April 8, 2007

    Here's the story that didn't quite make it into The Guardian last Thursday.