[quote="AmbroseSJ, post:13, topic:278585"]
It's a good article, but I think he makes a straw man argument against the Protestant. It is impossible to define the "Protestant" understanding of atonement, as there are so many sects and denominations all with conflicting teachings and understandings.
Not if you distinguish historic Protestantism, namely Lutherans and Calvinists. Psub, as the article describes it, is the only way to make Sola Fide work.
Other non-historic denominations don't know one way or the other how to think of the atonement, so they wont necessarily explicitly espouse Psub.
Even within ONE Protestant denomination, the faithful are ALWAYS allowed private judgement in matters of Biblical interpretation. Therefore, saying that Protestants have a fundamentally flawed or erroneous view of the atonement is specious or downright wrong.
This is why "Protestantism" should only be evaluated on a Confessional basis, or by quoting it's major theologians.
The atonement, no matter what sort of high flying theological descriptive terms are used, will always be the act of making up, paying a ransom, paying a price, atoning for sins. That Jesus atoned for our sins by His life, death and resurrection is a common Christian doctrine. Catholics don't have a monopoly on what atonement means or that it was accomplished by our Lord Jesus.
Actually, Catholics do have a monopoly on what atonement means and what Christ did. Not only is the Catholic Church the one true Church (Rome says we're not even allowed to call Protestant denominations "churches"), but the original Protestants violently attacked the Mass saying it was an utter abomination because it took away from Christ's atonement. If one has the wrong understanding of atonement, it affects everything from the priesthood to Mass to purgatory to justification and even Christology.
I continue to maintain that the Protestant view (while perhaps lacking a certain *Catholic *dimension) is still fundamentally the same as ours. It's the atonement due to sin, that was taken on voluntarily by our Lord Jesus. Protestants don't miss the fact that Jesus did this out of Love for us. That is why Protestants ARE Christians!
If the Protestant view is fundamentally the same as ours, they should have no problem affirming the Mass is a Sacrifice.