Pierced for our transgressions Paperback
Rediscovering the glory of penal substitution
by Steve Jeffery, Mike Ovey, Andrew Sach;
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Pierced for our transgressions
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However, an increasing number of theologians and church leaders are questioning this doctrine, claiming, for example, that it misunderstands the nature of God's judgment; that it divides the Trinity; or that it misreads crucial texts such as Isaiah 53 or Mark 10:45. The doctrine has been pro-vocatively described as 'a form of cosmic child abuse'. In recent years, the criticisms - including some from within the evangelical constituency - have intensified. Furthermore, the debate is no longer confined to the academy, and has now found its way into popular Christian books and magazines.
In response, Jeffery, Ovey and Sach offer a fresh articulation and affirmation of penal substitution. In Part 1 they make the case that the doctrine is clearly taught in Scripture; that it has a central place in Christian theology; that its neglect has serious pastoral consequences; and that it has an impeccable pedigree in the history of the Christian church.
In Part 2, the authors then engage systematically with over twenty specific objections that have been brought against penal substitution. Their clear exposition and analysis, and charitable but firm responses, are accessible to all with a serious concern for the issues.
Pierced for our transgressions by Steve Jeffery, Mike Ovey, Andrew Sach was published by Intervarsity Press in March 2007 and is our 18674th best seller. The ISBN for Pierced for our transgressions is 9781844741786.
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Pierced for Our TransgressionsIan Gibson, via The Good Book Stall
Many authors theologically minded or socially aware have attempted to explain the whole area of penal substitution. It is an area which probably, more than any other theological conundrum sets traditions against each other. Since St Anselm wrote about God becoming human, we have been at odds with theories of atonement – that Christ died on the cross as a substitute for sinners that God imputed the guilt of our sins to Christ. This book, taken from one tradition notably, argues strongly with examples taken from Old and New Testament scripture, that this theory has a central place in Christian theology, that to neglect it is to negate the pastoral consequences. Catholics, indeed the whole early church did not agree with this theory basing their theoretical understanding on the catholic idea of penance. Many theology theoreticians have argued for and against and this book looks at twenty specific objections, some from erudite evangelicals as well as some catholic traditionalists, and the authors attempt by clear exposition and analysis and a charitable but firm series of responses to answer the doubts. Criticism will not go away by just writing another book on the subject, but the authors have been brave enough and intelligent enough to realise that now may be a good time to enter the discussion again.
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"This extended declaration and defence of the penal substitutionary view of Christ's atoning death responds to a plethora of current criticisms ... with a thoroughness and effectiveness that is without parallel anywhere ... I hail this treatise as an epoch-making tour de force." J. I. Packer
"This book deserves the widespread circulation achieved by corresponding contributions a generation ago - those of Leon Morris, Jim Packer and John Stott." D. A. Carson
" ... I commend this book for its comprehensive and fair scrutiny of the many objections brought against the doctrine of penal substitution in recent years." I. Howard Marshall
"The authors of this work compel us to take seriously an objective view of the cross of Christ; one that is not simply dependent on how we feel and what the culture around us promotes." Michael Nazir-Ali
"At a time when some people seem determined to snuff out this doctrine from what is sung and taught ... there is a need for the vital doctrine of penal substitution to be clearly, comprehensively and compellingly explained. This book does the job admirably." Stuart Townend
" ... probably the most significant book on the doctrine of the cross since 'The Cross of Christ. It is timely and urgently needed. Let the exposition of this magnificent doctrine both inform your mind and warm your heart." Mike Pilavachi
Details for Pierced for our transgressions
|Page last updated||12th January 2017|
|Author / Artist||Steve Jeffery, Mike Ovey, Andrew Sach|
|Publisher||Intervarsity Press (March 2007)|
|Number of Pages||368|