The doctrine of penal substitutionary atonement is made quite clear in Scripture and has been affirmed by Christians throughout church history. In a recent interview with Drew Sumrall of The Harvest Show, emerging church leader and author Tony Jones, in typical postmodern fashion, seeks to question and redefine this core tenet of the Christian faith. During the interview, Jones and Sumrall discuss Jones' newest ebook, A Better Atonement: Beyond the Depraved Doctrine of Original Sin. Jones claims that the idea of the penal substitutionary atonement is a modern one that "began with Anselm in the Middle Ages" and that the first 1,000 years of church history knew nothing of the doctrine of the atonement as most Christians understand it today.
Below, Christian apologist and host of Fighting for the Faith, Chris Rosebrough, addresses the bold and erroneous claims of Jones:
Tony Jones is not the first to deny or question the atonement of Jesus Christ. Most recently, gay-affirming "evangelical punk preacher" Jay Bakker acknowledged in an interview with the Christian Post that he is "definitely questioning the atonement and trying to discover how we can see it in a different way."
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