Andrew from New Zealand reports his flatmate Reuben’s reactions to the book Pierced for Our Transgressions, so much hyped by Adrian Warnock, as well as by a whole string of well-known Christian leaders who probably didn’t have time to read it properly.
Here is part of what Andrew wrote about Reuben’s reactions:
After hearing him laughing regularly for a few hours while reading it I asked him what he thought of the book. From his summary it sounded like the most worthwhile thing about the book is its amusement value. He had arrived at the view that the authors lacked a basic grasp of logic… apparently they would discuss how all sorts of things about a passage were “unclear” then turn around and announce that it “clearly” proved penal substitution, and this was interspersed with baseless assertions, and they made totally random logical arguments that drew conclusions from unrelated premises, and they kept contradicting both themselves and passages they were quoting. He noted that what they lacked on logic and evidence they made up for with large amounts of rhetoric and assertions about how clear and obvious things were. He also was amused at the tiny amount of biblical evidence they were able to find for their view compared to the vast amount of non-biblical evidence. When I asked “so have they made even one argument that was at all worthwhile that merits discussion or a reply” he cracked up laughing and said “No. …”
it is deeply, profoundly, and disturbingly unbiblical . . . it abstracts certain elements from what the Bible actually says, elements which are undoubtedly there and which undoubtedly matter, but then places them within a different framework, which admittedly has a lot in common with the biblical one, but which, when treated as though it were the biblical one, becomes systematically misleading. … it seems to me that it is the authors of this book who are not paying proper attention to Scripture itself.
Andrew expects the book to “crack me up on even a bleak wintry day”. Maybe I ought to read it to crack myself up on this bleak day in what is supposed to be summer here.