This post, and the next (above), concern a couple of books I’m currently reading. They were among the freebies given out at T4G last week. They are excellent reads and in different ways prophetic. This first one addresses the central doctrine of penal substitutionary atonement. My thanks to Justin Childers for this:
In My Place Condemned He Stood: Celebrating the Glory of the Atonement by JI Packer and Mark Dever is a great compilation of articles. This is a book to become familiar with and to return to again and again.
- Article 1 is called “The Heart of the Gospel” and is a discussion of the Biblical concept of propitiation (wrath-quenching sacrifice).
- Article 2 is called, “What did The Cross Achieve? The Logic of Penal Substitution.” This is a difficult article to navigate but extremely helpful in thinking through the essence of the atonement.
- Article 3 is called, “Nothing but the Blood” and deals with some of the more modern attacks on penal substitution. Dever explains why it is impossible to be too “atonement-centered.”
- Article 4 is Packer’s famous introduction to John Owen’s The Death of Death in the Death of Christ. This is a powerfully bold defense of Calvinism as the Biblical gospel. A must read!
- Lig Duncan has served us well by providing an annotated bibliography of books on the cross. This bibliography is worth the price of this book. I’ve already ordered a handful of books based on Lig’s comments. Build a library of books on the atonement!