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. It is quite possible that the church has misunderstood certain parts of Scripture and inadvertently created doctrines that hinder rather than support the cause of justice. It is also entirely possible that Christians have simply failed to apply some of the older doctrines consistently, and in ways that reach to the very extent of the human experience.
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.