John MacDonald

Evolution: No Adam?  No problem

One common argument among atheists is that since evolution is a fact, there was no Adam to be responsible for original sin, and so Christ as a savior paying the sin debt is unnecessary.  This is based on the commonplace conservative penal substitution interpretation of the cross (as opposed to the moral influence theory), and Evolution: No Adam?  No problem

(2/2) The Rise of Spirit Warriors on the Christian Right: The Secrets Of The Cross

[*The things I write here simply reflect hermeneutic curiosity, and are not intended to endorse any religion.] So, last time I was talking a bit about Isaiah 6:5 and the idea of seeing God in all his glory and holiness makes conspicuous our sinfulness and inspires our repentance.  The Gospel of John specifically references the (2/2) The Rise of Spirit Warriors on the Christian Right: The Secrets Of The Cross

Corporate Sin Post Script: Did The Historical Jesus Know John The Baptist? (My Last Blog Post For A Little While)

This will be my last post for a little while. I think Bradley will still be posting. I just wanted to share a few final thoughts on Corporate Sin. Did The Historical Jesus Know John The Baptist? Our first gospel Mark clues us in that his portrayal of John the Baptist serves a literary and Corporate Sin Post Script: Did The Historical Jesus Know John The Baptist? (My Last Blog Post For A Little While)

Corporate Sin (2/2)

So, last time I talked about getting beyond the personal sin/sinner’s prayer ideology of the conservative evangelical interpretation of Christianity to the corporate sin issue of things like systemic racism that needs to be made conspicuous and overcome with the liberal/progressive Christian interpretation. Terry Simon has a helpful quote on this: The story of Native Corporate Sin (2/2)

Corporate Sin

“The world is ending… Honestly … So, uh, you better get right with God!” As an Atheist/Agnostic, I don’t believe in God or an afterlife or any of that, but I do think there are better and worse interpretations of original Christianity. I am of the interpretive school of liberal Christianity, rather than conservative Christianity. Corporate Sin

Conservative vs Liberal Christians: Wait, There’s Another Way To Read This?!

So, Adam and Eve sinned, and we are guilty of that sin, so God sent Jesus to die for our sins and save us. Right? Well, that’s a conservative Christian reading. Against this, many liberal Christians see Adam and Eve as a metaphor. Dr. James McGrath comments: Question: In Paul’s mind Christ is the “second Conservative vs Liberal Christians: Wait, There’s Another Way To Read This?!

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