I find it interesting that the most read post on my blog is the one where I compare Baptist and Catholic atonement theories. In no way did I do the subject justice with that little piece. In fact, the reason I write is to help ME sort out my feelings about a particular topic. If it helps others fine, but the intention in self-directed. I like to help spread information. What others do with it is their busines. The article was merely my own interpretation and my own slant on a pretty complicated doctrine. Yet, people seem to read it more than any other post.
What does this tell us? That people don’t really understand the Atonement and are looking for answers about it? I’m with them. I don’t particularly understand it either. Many others do a much better job of explaining it. Scot over at Jesus Creed begins a series on the atonement, defining the terms very nicely. The folks at Monergism.com have a veritable treasure trove of definitions and explanations from a Calvinist point of view. And don’t forget the Orthodox and Roman Catholic definitions, which are definately NOT the same. The KEY difference that I wanted to distinguish in my post about theories of Atonement is this: It’s either:
Christ + Nothing (OR) Christ + Your Effort
Atonement ( i.e. Your Justification)
Some would argue that Atonement and Justification aren’t even the same thing. Whatever! What all this proves is that studying the doctrine of Atonement could take awhile if you believe that you have to have others define it for you. It requires more effort than just a cursory reading of a blog to decide. My paltry attempt at understanding it in my earlier post should be taken with a grain of salt and a healthy dose of skepticism. But please, don’t merely accept other people’s versions either. Investigate and reason amongst yourselves. Doctrinal truth comes from the interplay of many voices reasoning together, trying to reach a common consensus (take that you foundationalists you 🙂 ) not from a hierarchy paid to study topics in order to dispense wisdom to others. Ekklesia is egalitarian not hierarchy.