So for a while now I’ve had a lot of questions for the penal substitution theory of the atonement (which is the idea that God required a death in order to pay for our sins, and Jesus was that death), and these are ones I’ve never heard satisfactorily answered. Do any of my readers have any ideas? Do I even have any readers? Anyway, I’ve come by far more plausible and inspiring ideas about the significance of Jesus’ death, and yet still this is the dominant (at least in my circles), if not the only, image of the atonement. So if you’re a subscriber to the theory, help me out. If you’re not, have a go anyway.
What’s the significance of the resurrection? Did Jesus have to rise?
Is there any significance to the particular type of death suffered by Jesus, or could it have been any kind of death?
If it couldn’t have just been any kind of death, what parameters exist for the kind of death that would have constituted an acceptable atoning death?
If God required a sacrifice, why did God get others to do it? Why couldn’t he do his own dirty work?
Why does God require us to forgive without recompense, when God does not do so?