Stephen Murray

In the quest to create more just churches and interrogate the historical failings of the church, in areas of social justice, it has been popular to re-evaluate, and sometimes discard some of the traditional doctrines associated with orthodox Christianity.

One such doctrine is the doctrine of penal substitutionary atonement. Do we discard it as an archaic and barbaric conception of God’s saving work? Or do we embrace and apply it as a truth that not only ensures our forgiveness, but legitimately provides us with deep resources by which to pursue justice? Join us for a discussion around the relationship between the historic doctrine of penal substitutionary atonement and the contemporary pursuit of biblical justice in our country.

(This article was first published on the Hope City Presbyterian website on 25 February 2016) Unless you’re hiding under a rock you’ve probably seen some sort of media coverage of the racial tensions and violence at the University of Pretoria and the University of the Free State. You’ve seen scenes of hatred, frustration, aggression, and…