May 21 • 38M

Meet the Early-day Saints Episode 9: Atonement and Grace, with Cecilia M. Peek

“The resolution of the crisis is Christ, who shows us how God intended us to live.”

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Blair Hodges
Audio Explorations in Faith | Our first series, "Meet the Early-day Saints," is produced and hosted by Blair Hodges.
Episode details

One of the most frequently discussed themes in Christian history concerns the relationship between grace, salvation, and human behavior. How does Jesus’s atonement work? How are we saved by grace? What role do human works play? Dr. Cecilia M. Peek takes us back to the early days of Christianity to take a look at these questions again. She also lays out different ways Christians understood Jesus’s saving work–from illuminator, to restorer, to victor, to victim and sacrifice. We discuss her chapter, “Receiving Christ: Atonement, Grace, and Eternal Salvation” in the book Ancient Christians: An Introduction for Latter-day Saints.


About the Guest

Cecilia M. Peek is an associate professor of Classical Studies and the coordinator of the Ancient Near Eastern Studies program at Brigham Young University. She earned her master’s and PhD in Ancient History and Mediterranean Archaeology from the University of California, Berkeley.

About the Host

Blair Hodges earned a bachelor’s degree in communications (journalism) at the University of Utah and a master’s degree in religious studies at Georgetown University. He hosts Fireside with Blair Hodges and previously hosted the Maxwell Institute Podcast at Brigham Young University.

Cover art by Charlotte Condie