Did God punish Jesus on the cross? William Lane Craig vs Greg Boyd on Penal Substitution Atonement

One of the Bible’s central messages is atonement, that is, that God has provided a way for humankind to come back into harmonious relation with him. This message is everywhere apparent in Scripture. Atonement is a technical term in theology, usually referring to the way in which the Messiah’s death reconciles God and humans by removing sin and its effects.

Most recently. well known Christian apologist and theologian William Lane Craig and theologian Gregory Boyd discussed the doctrine of the atonement and specifically whether penal substitution is biblical. This discussion was on the Unbelievable show. Dr. Craig has a new book on the atonement.

If you have not kept up on the atonement, here are some of the different views on the topic. As Craig notes, his view can be seen as compatible with the other views of the atonement which I discuss on the chart here.

Here is the clip. I found this to be a very interesting discussion.

For those that want to go deeper on the topic, here are some of my picks on the atonement.

The Nature of the Atonement: Four Views (Spectrum  Multiview Book Series) by [Thomas R. Schreiner, James Beilby, Paul R. Eddy, Gregory A. Boyd, Joel B. Green, Bruce Reichenbach, James K. Beilby]
Defending Substitution (Acadia Studies in Bible and Theology): An Essay on Atonement in Paul by [Simon Gathercole]
The Atonement Debate: Papers from the London Symposium on the Theology of Atonement by [Zondervan,, Derek Tidball, David Hilborn, Justin Thacker]
The Day the Revolution Began: Reconsidering the Meaning of Jesus's Crucifixion by [N. T. Wright]
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