Friday, February 03, 2006

F.C. Baur on Substitutionary Atonement

The idea of substitution implies two things, first, that the one who is to take the place of many others, and to be counted for them, is the same as they are; and secondly, that he possesses something which they have not; that, namely, the lack of which makes it necessary that he should represent them. If Christ has died for the sins of men, then he must have been without sin himself, in order that his death, which could not be a sacrifice on his own account, might avail as the penalty of the sins of others.

F.C. Baur, Paul the Apostle of Jesus Christ: His Life and Works, His Epistles and Teachings: Two Volumes in One (Peabody, MA: Hendrickson, 2000), 2.155-56.


Jim Hamilton said...

That's amazing!

Funny what one finds when he reads these people everybody talks about (I've never read Baur). I guess he's a Twain classic--someone everyone talks about but many don't read. . .

Anonymous said...

I purchased Baur's Paul The Apostle of Jesus Christ, when I was enrolled in two particular courses- Theology of NT with Mark Seifrid and Theology of OT with Daniel Block at SBTS. The book was recommended , If I remember correctly by Prof. Block. Anyway, I never read Baur but hope to do so in the near future.

I'll see what he has to offer on Paul.As far as I can tell, I can deal with the above statement on Christ's substitutionary work.