Nik Breiner awarded Best Graduate Student Paper by the SCP

November 10, 2017
Nik Breiner (2nd Year, PhD program, Philosophy) won this year’s Best Graduate Student Paper Prize of the Society of Christian Philosophers, Eastern Region. His paper, titled “Penal Substitution, but not Substitutionary Punishment: Aquinas on the Atonement,” investigates Aquinas’ claim that Christ saved humans from sin by (among other things) “bearing their punishment” and “paying their debt.” The paper notes the similarity between this view and Penal Substitution Theory, while also noting that Aquinas nonetheless rejects the claim that God punished Jesus. This analysis of Aquinas thus highlights the possibility of and need to consider alternative construals of Penal Substitution Theory.

Congrats, Nik!
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