Best Newish Book about the Atonement: William Lane Craig's Atonement and the Death of Christ: An Exegetical, Historical, and Philosophical Exploration

"he demonstrates conclusively that the ancient church fathers—from Irenaeus to Augustine (and he could have gone further) believed in and taught substitutionary atonement. It is simply a myth that they taught the Christus Victor or ransom theories instead." - Roger Olson

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Link to the book. (It’s a ‘paid link;’ some pocket change goes to SI if you purchase via the link).

I’m glad to see this book. Craig is more Arminian than I prefer, but he’s almost always a crystal clear thinker and does his homework. I have a bias though: For as long as I can remember, I have believed subsitutionary atonement is the only way to make sense of the New Testament—and the Old, for that matter.

Views expressed are always my own and not my employer's, my church's, my family's, my neighbors', or my pets'. The house plants have authorized me to speak for them, however, and they always agree with me.