governmental atonement


Definition of governmental atonement

: the Grotian theory of atonement that Christ's death enables God as moral governor of the world to forgive sinners freely without encouraging disorder by signally revealing that suffering often of the innocent inevitably follows when sinners violate the divine world order

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“Governmental atonement.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Nov. 2020.

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