satisfaction theory


Definition of satisfaction theory

  1. :  a theory of the atonement in scholastic theology: according to the requirements of divine justice God and humankind could not be reconciled until human guilt was punished or acceptable satisfaction was made and Christ made such satisfaction by freely and vicariously suffering and dying — see penal theory — compare governmental atonement, moral theory, ransom theory, sacrificial theory

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to cast off or become cast off

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