Why wasn't Penal Substitution taught until the 1500s?
What if Jesus didn't die to save us from God?
The doctrine of Penal Substitutionary Atonement is not the Gospel. It's a theory that originated in the 1500s under John Calvin. The damage done by this teaching is still being felt today. It's time to abandon this toxic theology in favor of a Christ-centered view of the cross that sets us free from sin and unveils a God of love who would rather die than live without us.
Foreword by Bruxy Cavey
"Keith is one important voice among a growing movement of Christians who question whether [PSA theory] is the most biblical and the most beautiful way of understanding what Jesus accomplished on the cross."
Jesus Unforsaken will challenge your assumptions by asking you to consider:
Does God really require bloodshed to forgive us?
Why does God forgive sins in the Old Testament at least 7 times without blood sacrifice?
Why our English Bibles were changed to support Penal Substitution (and what do they really say)?
Why do the Apostles describe the Crucifixion as a murder?
How does Jesus "save us from our sins"?
“If divine punishment is off the table, why did Jesus die? Jesus Unforsaken reveals a more beautiful, alternative vision.””bradley jersak, dean of theology & culture, st. stephen’s university (new brunswick) and co-author of the pastor: a crisis
“Starting with God's love, Giles offers an answer that runs counter to most of the major atonement theories of yesteryear but draws heavily from the logic of love in the Bible. The result is a portrait of Christ that's not only beautiful but inspires me to love in response!”Thomas Jay Oord, Author of God Can't and The Uncontrolling Love of God
“Giles patiently and succinctly walks us through the biblical data and along the way engages with some influential voices of the church, past and present. The result is a handy guide to a pressing issue.”Pete Enns, author of How the Bible Actually Works and host of “The Bible for Normal People” podcast
“Jesus Unforsaken makes it clear that the cross is indeed about the unrelenting love of God, and not the appeasement of a vengeful deity.”Brian Zahnd, Pastor of Word of Life Church in St. Joseph, Missouri; author of Sinners in the Hands of a Loving God
“Keith’s persuasive arguments, forged skillfully from the biblical text, will surely free you from the grip of ecclesial gaslighting and like a skilled ophthalmologist will help you to see yourself as the prodigal God has always seen you—unforsaken, deeply loved, and eternally forgiven.”Mark Karris, author of Religious Refugees: Deconstructing Toward Spiritual and Emotional Healing
“If you want to understand the atonement outside the confining box of penal substitution, then this is the book for you.”matthew j. distefano, author of from the blood of abel and heretic!
New Online Course
In this 3 week course, former pastor and bestselling author Keith Giles will be your guide to re-thinking the cross and Penal Substitutionary Atonement theory. In addition to daily video lectures, students will also examine additional content on this topic from notable thinkers like N.T. Wright, David Bentley Hart, Matthew Distefano, Brad Jersak, Rene Girard and many others.
Incarnation, Crucifixion and Salvation Registration: $19.99 enroll now
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Keith Giles is the best-selling author of the Jesus Un series. He has appeared on CNN, USA Today, BuzzFeed, and John Fugelsang's “Tell Me Everything.” After leaving full-time ministry over 11 years ago to start a house church in Southern California that gave everything away to the poor, Keith and his wife recently moved to El Paso to embark on their next adventure with Peace Catalyst International.Visit his blog