Soulen-blessing through others

theoutwardquest

The story Christians tell is often one that moves from the brokenness of sin and separation from God to redemption and reconciliation. It is like the story a recovering alcoholic may tell of reaching rock bottom and then recovering. Or it is like a story of disease and therapy or a story of oppression and liberation.

In The God of Israel and Christian Theology R. Kendall Soulen wants to tell the story in a different way. He points to the about-to-be-martyred Dietrich Bonhoeffer who wrote from prison, “Unlike the other oriental religions, the faith of the Old Testament is not a religion of redemption” (quoted on p. 115).

In Christian thought the idea of a Fall or original disobedience has anchored the idea that we need redemption. But before the Fall there was God’s original intention for creation. Long ago I learned Campus Crusade for Christ’s Four Spiritual Laws…

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My name is James Pate. This blog is about my journey. I read books. I watch movies and TV shows. I go to church. I try to find meaning. And, when I can’t do that, I just talk about stuff that I find interesting. I have degrees in fields of religious studies. I have an M.Phil. in the History of Biblical Interpretation from Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati, Ohio. I also have an M.A. in Hebrew Bible from Jewish Theological Seminary, an M.Div. from Harvard Divinity School, and a B.A. from DePauw University.
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