Week 3- Bevans, Chapter 3

I agreed wholeheartedly with what Bevans said about not limiting ourselves to one model to describe the ultimate truth of a reality. Models capture reality, but not the full reality. Thus we need several different models to understand anything. I wrote a paper a while back about the atonement, and felt this to be absolutely true. While I may gravitate toward a Christus Victor understanding of what happened on the cross, I cannot completely dismiss the substitionary model of the atonement. There is truth in each of the models, and my call is to hold them together in order to get a complete picture of what happened. I may stress one above the other, but I must always remember that a model cannot ever capture the complete reality of the atonement.


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