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In this substantial study Darrin W. Snyder Belousek offers a comprehensive and critical examination of penal substitution, the most widely accepted evangelical Protestant theory of atonement, and presents a biblically grounded, theologically orthodox alternative.

Attending to all of the relevant biblical texts and engaging with the full spectrum of scholarship, Belousek sy
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Paperback, 684 pages
Published December 29th 2011 by Eerdmans (first published November 15th 2011)
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Andrew Marr
This is the most thorough, yet most readable book on Atonement theology in the Bible that I have ever read. The length of the book (ca. 640 pages) may seem daunting but I found it an absorbing and exciting and stimulating. I think anyone with a serious interest in how the Atonement should be understood in scriptural terms will find it equally so. Even when the analysis of certain texts is detailed and technical, it is expressed about as clearly for the average reader as it can be. Like many peop ...more
Adam Ross
Sep 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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After six or so months of wading through this book, I finally managed to finish it. This is not to say it wasn't a good read, it was. But it is nearly 800 pages of very small type, with a vast amount of documentation.

Doug Jones commended this book in his own book Dismissing Jesus as the definitive work on non-penal-and-substitutionary atonement available. Having now read it, I find myself in agreement. If you have not read this book, you need to. It walks through penal substitutionary atonement
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Stephen Morrison
Sep 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Belousek has written a crushing argument against the doctrine of penal substitutionary atonement. This is the most well thought-out, biblically argued, scholarly backed book against this doctrine. It's such a devastating dismantling of it, I can't imagine how penal substitution will remain orthodox for evangelicals any longer! Incredible! ...more
Donald Linnemeyer
Jul 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
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This really is a fabulous book on atonement theology. Belousek's goal is to provide a comprehensive critique of penal atonement, as well as to provide a biblical alternative. The former he does an excellent job on; the latter I think needs a lot more work, though Belousek's rough outlines here are helpful.

His critique of penal atonement is very thorough and well-argued. He nitpicks here and there, but aside from the occasional quibbles, he's on the whole careful, precise, and very level-headed,
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Jeremy
Much to think about. I know I'm attracted to a non-retributive paradigm for atonement so my bias as I read this was clearly toward agreement with his arguments; will need to read more on this to examine exegetical points more carefully and thin through the theology. ...more
Bruce Hamill
Jul 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
This is certainly the most thorough critique of Penal substitution that I have read. I dont know how many pages it is but it is substantial on kindle. I find his critique of the way western christianity has interpreted the cross in terms of its paradigm of retribution or, to be more precise, in terms of its foundational assumption that justice must be retributive to be most insightful. the whole book is rich is rich in exegetical insight and clear logic. I am unconvinced by his critique of the n ...more
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Darrin W. Snyder Belousek is Visiting Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Ohio Northern University. He has taught previously at various church-related colleges: Bluffton University, Louisburg College, Bethel College (IN), Lithuania Christian College, Goshen College, and St. Mary's College. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Notre Dame and a certificate of theological studies from Anabap ...more

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