The belief that Jesus died for us, suffering the wrath of his own Father in our place, has been the wellspring of hope for countless Christians through the ages. However, with an increasing number of theologians, church leaders, and even popular Christian books and magazines questioning this doctrine, which naysayers have described as a form of "cosmic child abuse," a fresh articulation and affirmation of penal substitution is needed. And Jeffery, Ovey, and Sach have responded here with clear exposition and analysis.
They make the case not only that the doctrine is clearly taught in Scripture, but that it has an impeccable pedigree and a central place in Christian theology, and that its neglect has serious consequences. The authors also systematically analyze over twenty specific objections that have been brought against penal substitution and charitably but firmly offer a defining declaration of the doctrine of the cross for any concerned reader.
"This book is important not only because it deals so competently with what lies at the heart of Christ's cross work, but because it responds effectively to a new generation of people who are not listening very carefully to what either Scripture or history says."
D. A. Carson, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
"One of the most comprehensive treatments available of the doctrine of penal substitutionary atonement. The writing is clear and understandable to non-specialists, but its authors fully understand the technical issues, so that the book makes a real contribution to the academic discussion as well."
John M. Frame, Reformed Theological Seminary
"This book is faithful to Scripture, knowledgeable of history, conversant with current debate, and deeply committed to seeing the church flourish in our day."
David F. Wells, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary
"An important scholarly contribution to a current doctrinal debate with enormous spiritual and pastoral implications."
Timothy George, Beeson Divinity School
"The authors defend the doctrine of penal substitution with sparkling clarity and winsome logic."
Thomas R. Schreiner, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
"I commend this book for its comprehensive and fair scrutiny of the many objections brought against the doctrine of penal substitution in recent years."
I. Howard Marshall, emeritus professor, University of Aberdeen
"A very significant book. The authors have carefully and convincingly evaluated the biblical material on which the teaching of penal substitution has been based and reaffirmed it."
Peter T. O'Brien, Moore Theological College