Articles by D. A. Carson

Defending Substitution

Article by   October 2015
Gathercole's introduction begins by asking the question raised by the old spiritual: "Were you there when they crucified my Lord?" If we answer "yes," we presuppose that we somehow participated in his death, or that in his death Jesus somehow represents us: "We have died with Christ" (Rom 6:8). If we answer "no," then we were not there: Christ died alone. "He was there, taking our place in our stead" (p.13). In much biblical scholarship, the former answer is widely assumed: on the cross, Christ represents us, but it is a mistake to think that substitution occurs when Jesus dies. While not denying that the Bible can present Christ's death on the cross as an act of representation, in this slender volume Gathercole sets out to rehabilitate substitution. continue

Three Books on the Bible: A Critical Review

Article by   April 2006
The last few years have witnessed the publication of several books on the Bible, most of which are in some measure innovative. In addition to the three I shall review in this essay, one cannot overlook Peter Jensen's The Revelation... continue
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