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Ed Clark

Thanks for your thoughts, Michael. I just finished reading J. Denny Weaver's essay, "Violence in Christian Theology." I do have questions. Since I do not know whether Professor Weaver has a weblog site, may I ask you?

First, what is the "gospel" in your understanding?

Secondly, what is your view of Scripture-- is it simply man's writings about God as he conceives Him to be, or is it God-breathed?

Thanks for your answers.

Lisa Hadler

Michael,

Thanks for this entry. I, too, was deeply disturbed at this study--though, at one level, not surprised. My main reaction, though, is one of sadness. How can Christians so completely miss the point? You're right. What we preach and teach matters. We have an important responsibility to get this right. Real lives are at stake.

Again, thanks!

Lisa

michael hardin

Ed:

The gospel is the good news that God has come into our world in the human Jesus of Nazareth, revealed both the character of God and the broken (sinful) character of a violent humanity and delivered us from that violence by stopping the cycle of violence, first in Jesus' ministry and then fully and completely on the cross with the announcement of the forgiveness of our sin. God vindicated Jesus and his message when he raised him from the dead and seated him at God's right hand from whence God has sent the Spirit in Jesus name (that is, the Spirit is Jesus'/God's presence with us) to bring about the transformation of our life together (which we call church) as a witness to the world of the reconciling work of the One God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

I would suggest that Scripture is inspired AND that it contains both religion (human constructs of divinity [which is idolatry]) and revelation. What allows us to distinguish these two strands is the person of Jesus.

Hope this helps.

Bolly

I'm right with you on that, Tiggy. Some claim that children are very close to their cetaror until the world encroaches on their natural instincts and robs them of what they knew.(Replace world with church, and I think we're onto something Crystal.

Nihel

A good quote from Chapter 1: I've come to learn that theology matetrs. And it matetrs not because we want a good grade on a test but because what we know about God shapes the way we think and live. What you believe about God's nature what he is like, what he wants from you, and whether or not you will answer to him affects every part of your life. Theology matetrs, because if we get it wrong, then our whole life will be wrong.

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