Four theories of atonement

When we come to read scripture, we often, unconsciously, read it through a lens that we bring to the bible. We use that lens to highlight those things we’re already looking for, and to screen out or ignore those things that don’t fit into our thoughts. None of us try to do this, but all of us do it to some extent.

To help us identify our lenses, sometimes it is useful to examine some lenses through which we may be reading scripture. This study focuses on four competing theories of atonement that arose during the reformation. These four theories of atonement are pervasive in the thinking of the church today, and heavily influence the way in which we read scripture.