Soulen-blessing through others


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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