It’s Time for New Thinking on Atonement, Part 8: Realistic Substitution

This eight-part series introduces the new perspective of Realistic Substitution, which unties the knots and answers the questions that previous theories could not. It is the ancient Realistic view of Adam further developed and applied to Christ. Leon Morris, in The Cross in the New Testament, was not optimistic regarding the possibility of a "full and final … Continue reading It’s Time for New Thinking on Atonement, Part 8: Realistic Substitution

It’s Time for New Thinking on Atonement, Part 7: Traducianism

This eight-part series introduces the new perspective of Realistic Substitution, which unties the knots and answers the questions that previous theories could not. It is the ancient Realistic view of Adam further developed and applied to Christ. Traducianism is the belief that the immaterial nature (the spirit or soul) is propagated from one or both parents. … Continue reading It’s Time for New Thinking on Atonement, Part 7: Traducianism

It’s Time for New Thinking on Atonement, Part 6: The Realistic View of Adam

This eight-part series introduces the new perspective of Realistic Substitution, which unties the knots and answers the questions that previous theories could not. It is the ancient Realistic view of Adam further developed and applied to Christ. The parallel between Adam and Christ is striking, as evident in Rom. 5:12-21. Inadequacies in our understanding of how Adam's … Continue reading It’s Time for New Thinking on Atonement, Part 6: The Realistic View of Adam

It’s Time for New Thinking on Atonement, Part 5: Under Wrath Until Reconciled

This eight-part series introduces the new perspective of Realistic Substitution, which unties the knots and answers the questions that previous theories could not. It is the ancient Realistic view of Adam further developed and applied to Christ. A One-Sided Reconciliation? The logic of a one-sided reconciliation, in which God is reconciled to us but we are … Continue reading It’s Time for New Thinking on Atonement, Part 5: Under Wrath Until Reconciled

It’s Time for New Thinking on Atonement, Part 4: Union with the Substitute

This eight-part series introduces the new perspective of Realistic Substitution, which unties the knots and answers the questions that previous theories could not. It is the ancient Realistic view of Adam further developed and applied to Christ. Old Testament Pictures of Union with the Substitute One vital principle of substitution is union with the substitute. How … Continue reading It’s Time for New Thinking on Atonement, Part 4: Union with the Substitute

It’s Time for New Thinking on Atonement, Part 3: Unquantifiable & Nontransferable

This eight-part series introduces the new perspective of Realistic Substitution, which unties the knots and answers the questions that previous theories could not. It is the ancient Realistic view of Adam further developed and applied to Christ. The Unquantifiable Nature of Sin-Debt, Wrath, and Atonement How many sins did Adam commit before he stood in need … Continue reading It’s Time for New Thinking on Atonement, Part 3: Unquantifiable & Nontransferable

It’s Time for New Thinking on Atonement, Part 2: Faith is Required

This eight-part series introduces the new perspective of Realistic Substitution, which unties the knots and answers the questions that previous theories could not. It is the ancient Realistic view of Adam further developed and applied to Christ. Old Testament Requirements for Atonement As we have rightly looked to the Old Testament to define atonement, it is … Continue reading It’s Time for New Thinking on Atonement, Part 2: Faith is Required

It’s Time for New Thinking on Atonement, Part 1: Definition

This eight-part series introduces the new perspective of Realistic Substitution, which unties the knots and answers the questions that previous theories could not. It is the ancient Realistic view of Adam[1] further developed and applied to Christ. The Traditionalist contends that Jesus died for everyone. The Calvinist counters that since not all will be saved, not … Continue reading It’s Time for New Thinking on Atonement, Part 1: Definition

The 3rd Rail: Can a Loving God Determine to Save So Few?

By Ken Hamrick This is the last post in this series, and concludes my attempt to provide a compelling articulation for the middle ground on which so many Southern Baptists stand—holding that God is the ultimate Determiner of destinies and that men have free will in the matter (but without going to the lengths of … Continue reading The 3rd Rail: Can a Loving God Determine to Save So Few?

The 3rd Rail: Unconditional Election is Not Restrictive

By Ken Hamrick See all the posts in the series, 'The 3rd Rail' The posts in this series are not in any particular order; but it may be helpful, before reading this one, to read the following posts: "The 3rd Rail: Inability of the Will is Never Literal," and, "The 3rd Rail: The Fallacy of … Continue reading The 3rd Rail: Unconditional Election is Not Restrictive

The 3rd Rail: The Fallacy of a Restrictive Foreknowledge

By Ken Hamrick See all the posts in the series, 'The 3rd Rail' One fallacy in the debate between Calvinists and Traditionalists is the idea that God’s foreknowledge makes all events necessary. Such logic insists that, since God already knows what you will decide on a certain occasion, then it “would be impossible” for you … Continue reading The 3rd Rail: The Fallacy of a Restrictive Foreknowledge