Penal Substitution vs Christus Victor

This Holy Week, Greg Boyd gave us a few short videos discussing why Jesus died. In the first, he discusses some of the problems with penal substitution theory. In the second and third, he explains Christus Victor (aka “classical” theory) instead. I haven’t dwelt on this discussion too much lately but it is a very important one and I have been finding myself more interested in it again lately.

Ryan Robinson

It is easiest to identify Ryan as both theologian and tech guy. By day, Ryan is a Technical Consultant work with PeaceWorks Technology Solutions. There, he works on websites, CRMs, and SharePoint implementations. Along with blogging here, Ryan is a founding member of the MennoNerds blogging network and a contributor to the book A Living Alternative.

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  1. April 7, 2013

    […] Anti-violence can be found in the Christus Victor atonement theory, the idea that the Son of God overcomes sin, disobedience, Satan, and death in one deed paints a beautiful picture of just how much God loves us. I really believe that a film like “The Victory Of Jesus of Nazareth” would work. For more on this view, I recommend a recent video series by evangelical preacher Greg Boyd: Penal Substitution Vs Christus Victor. […]