In Harrowing of Hades, fresco in the parecclesion of the Chora Church, Istanbul

I listened to this lecture a while ago and thought I would share it with you guys.  Growing up in the church I always thought that the penal substitutionary theory of the atonement was the only legitimate way of thinking about what Christ did on the cross.  Its only been over the last couple years that I’ve found that there are multiple different ways of thinking about Christ’s sacrifice.

In this lecture Ben Myers, who blogs at Faith and Theology, talks about Patristic models of the atonement. I think the video is helpful because it gives a glimpse into the way the early Christians thought about Christ’s life, death, and resurrection. When thinking about the atonement I don’t think there is one image or theory that fully explains what happened on the cross.  The atonement will always remain a mystery, but I think it’s helpful to think about it from multiple perspectives…