“He could not do it without us”: synergistic atonement — Mondays with MacDonald

“Then again, as the power that brings about a making-up for any wrong done by man to man, I believe in the atonement.”

Monday, October 8th, 2012

Christian universalist Robin Parry on Beyond the Box

One of my favorite podcasts, Beyond the Box, just published an interview with interview with Robin Parry on the subject of the Christian universalism movement of today. Also known under his pseudonym Gregory MacDonald, Parry (blog) was a key figure in bringing a distinctively Christian, non-pluralistic version of the belief that all souls would eventually be reconciled to God […]

Tuesday, July 10th, 2012

Mondays with MacDonald (on what we really need salvation from)

The Lord never came to deliver men from the consequences of their sins while yet those sins remained: that would be to cast out of window the medicine of cure while yet the man lay sick; to go dead against the very laws of being. Yet men, loving their sins, and feeling nothing of their […]

Monday, September 26th, 2011

God’s Awful Mistake

I’ve recently had the chance to introduce my children to a book I loved as a kid: it’s called Henry’s Awful Mistake, by Robert Quackenbush. Here’s how it begins: “The day Henry the Duck asked his friend Clara over for supper, he found an ant in the kitchen. The ant would have to go. Henry […]

Monday, July 11th, 2011

Sinners in the hands of a ____ God

In the next few posts, I’ll be discussing my views on sin and God’s reaction to it. But first it’s necessary to define it. When we talk about sin, what do we mean? Can “sin” be defined as a mistake or error in judgment? That is what politicians admit to when they perpetrate white-collar crimes, cheat […]

Thursday, July 7th, 2011

Engaging Olson on the objective theories of the Atonement

I thought I was done posting about this subject for a while, but apparently I’m not the only one thinking about this! The following comes from Roger Olson, someone whose views I often find quite compelling. What does he think about the atonement? …I do think denial of any objective-transactional aspect of the atonement is […]

Saturday, February 5th, 2011

Mondays with MacDonald (on penal substitution’s pagan affinities)

They say first, God must punish the sinner, for justice requires it; then they say he does not punish the sinner, but punishes a perfectly righteous man instead, attributes his righteousness to the sinner, and so continues just. Was there ever such a confusion, such an inversion of right and wrong! Justice could not treat […]

Monday, January 31st, 2011