Atonement in Scripture: Why Trump and Cruz Are the Direct, Logical Result of American Evangelical Theology

[This is part of a series on Rene Girard’s scapegoat theory and its link to retributive justice.  It is primarily about atonement theology, with politics as an illustration.] Thirst for Retribution ‘How could this happen?’ bemoan some conservative evangelicals.  Titles abound, such as:  The Inexplicable Evangelical Support for Donald Trump.[1]  But the reality is far…