Archive for the 'The Fall' Category

How fallen are our wills?

Is God’s morality so foreign to us that it can be expected to get mistaken for immorality by even devout followers of Jesus? In my last post I began discussing this thorny question by ruling out the claim that the tension between the Old and New Testament conceptions of God’s nature is only apparent; while it is certainly […]

Wednesday, August 12th, 2015

Does God play by the same rules?

Are you one of those who finds it difficult to reconcile many of the acts attributed to God within the Hebrew scriptures with the dominant picture of God painted by the life and teachings of Jesus? If so, you’re not alone. I’ve talked about this problem extensively in the past, but I return to it again because, […]

Tuesday, July 28th, 2015

Why most Protestants need Adam and Eve to be historical

…and why the Church in the East never did. Listening to most Evangelical first-string leaders, you’d get the impression that apart from an historical Fall of Man that marred the souls of all the descendants of the ones who fell, you’d have no need for Jesus, and Christianity sails right out the window. So much […]

Tuesday, August 30th, 2011

A new, definitive introduction to the Adam/evolution problem in Christian theology

If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a thousand times: devout evangelicals will never be able to come to terms with evolution as long as they believe that it denies the existence of an historical Adam with an historical Fall. As goes creationism, so goes Christianity. Some will cling to their Christianity so tightly […]

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011

Where do we go once leaving Paul’s Adam? (BioLogos)

I have really enjoyed Pete Enns‘s contribution to BioLogos of late. His latest frames the Adam/Eve question in an interesting and honest way. Here’s an excerpt related to my last post: What if we affirm that Paul’s view of human origins does not settle the matter for us today? Of course, this leaves us with a […]

Tuesday, April 6th, 2010

Squaring the Bible with the evidence

Christians coming to terms with evolution, including many ID advocates who acknowledge common descent, will often arrive at a midpoint of sorts between denial of evolution and all-out theistic evolution (or evolutionary creation) that acknowledges that we are by-products of evolution and seeks to hold the line on the most theologically problematic aspect of evolutionary […]

Monday, April 5th, 2010

Dembski on theodicy and a young earth

William Dembski, a father of the Intelligent Design movement, has recently become comfortable calling himself an old earth creationist who, as a good Baptist, accepts the historicity of Adam and Eve. This comes as no surprise really, but it’s interesting to see how his gears turn as he systematically lays all his cards on the […]

Monday, January 11th, 2010