If’ you’ve read my posts about the atonement you know that I ‘ve been rather hard on the popular Penal Substitution theory of atonement. While I believe large parts of it are harmful to our understanding of God as a Father and it misses the main point of God’s eternal purpose, that doesn’t mean I see no value in it, especially in the substitution aspects of the theory.
In that regard, here’s another short video clip with New Testament scholar, N.T. Wright, where he talks about the Christus Victor and Penal Substitution theories.
This is part of a series of clips interviewing Wright about his book, The Day The Revolution Began: Reconsidering the Meaning of Jesus’s Crucifixion.
Wright makes a good point that the idea of substitution can be subsumed within the greater context of Christ’s victory over the Powers (Christus Victor). This victory over the Powers was the point of my last series. Another important point Wright makes is that understanding the Cross must include the Gospel stories of Jesus’ life.
The clip is short and worth the watch.