Restorative Justice Over Meritocratic-Retributive | A Long Repentance Post #13 |The Anástasis Center for Christian Education & Ministry: Sangwon Yang & Mako Nagasawa

The Maori in New Zealand practice restorative justice.  This image comes from a documentary about the Maori called Restoring Hope, found here. The Purpose of A Long Repentance Blog Series People talk about issues of race and justice in the United States as issues of ‘justice and injustice.’  Sometimes we launch into debates about ‘the proper role…

Athanasius as Interpreter of the Trinity: Why the Nicene Creed and Penal Substitution Are Incompatible, Part 2 | The Anástasis Center for Christian Education & Ministry

John Calvin and Athanasius of Alexandria John Calvin’s distaste for Athanasius has recently been noted by Thomas G. Weinandy, one of the most respected scholars in the Catholic Church, former executive director for the Secretariat of Doctrine at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, and Daniel A. Keating, professor of theology at Sacred Heart…

Athanasius as Interpreter of the Trinity: Why the Nicene Creed and Penal Substitution Are Incompatible | The Anástasis Center for Christian Education & Ministry

The Relevance of the Father-Son Relation Athanasius’ understanding of the Father-Son relationship (1) disqualifies penal substitutionary atonement where the Son receives the punitive and retributive wrath of God; (2) questions any definition of justification in which the Father has a different experience of us than the Son and the Spirit; and (3) makes impossible a…

Athanasius as Evangelist: Jesus Paid the Debt to God, and Helps You Pay the Debt You Still Owe to God, Too | The Anástasis Center for Christian Education & Ministry

Did Athanasius Believe in Penal Substitution? At this juncture, I want to consider specific objections to my understanding of Athanasius.  Specifically, I will explore Athanasius’ use of the terms ‘debt’ and ‘satisfaction’ in De Incarnatione 9 and 20.  Athanasius says: ‘For being over all, the Word of God naturally by offering His own temple and…

Athanasius as Evangelist: Where Penal Substitution Goes Wrong, and Medical Substitution Succeeds | The Anástasis Center for Christian Education & Ministry

The Problem of Evil:  An Evangelist of Modern Evangelicalism In a thoughtful and witty presentation called The Problem of Evil, prominent evangelical apologist Ravi Zacharias offers his answer to the most vexing questions of our age, and, indeed, of all time.  How could God be good, in a world where there is evil?  Especially gross…

Athanasius as Evangelist: Why Human Evil is Even Possible, and Why Sin is Addictive | The Anástasis Center for Christian Education & Ministry

Made for Pleasure with God In Contra Gentes chapters 2 – 7, Athanasius defends God from any accusation of evil or caprice on account of humanity’s wickedness.  He does this by explaining God’s intention for the creation.  After defending God as ‘good and exceeding[ly] noble,’ he defends God’s creation of the world and humanity as…