November 10, 2017
Nik Breiner’s paper, “Punishment and Satisfaction in Aquinas’ Account of the Atonement: A Reply to Stump” has been accepted for publication in Faith and Philosophy. The paper considers Eleonore Stump’s claim that, for Aquinas, God does not require punishment for the remission of sin, and so Christ's does not save people from sin in virtue of meeting that requirement on their behalf. The paper goes on to argue against this interpretation, showing the nuanced way that, on Aquinas' view, divine justice does (freely and voluntarily) require punishment, a punishment which Christ bears on our behalf to thereby save us from sin.
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