Religion Prof: The Blog of James F. McGrath
The Blog of Dr. James F. McGrath, Clarence L. Goodwin Chair in New Testament Language and Literature at Butler University, Indianapolis
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Biological evolution is the force that quite simply destroys Biblical soteriology, with two competing salvage strategies:
1. Twist evolution into a laughable “intelligent design.”
2. Twist the Bible into laughable interpretations like this:
Just as it was in the days of [figurative/literal] Noah, so also will it be in the days of the [figurative/literal] Son of Man. ~Luke 17:26
For just as through the disobedience of the [figurative/literal] one man the many were made sinners, so also through the obedience of the [figurative/literal] one man the many will be made righteous. ~Romans 5:19
For as in [figurative/literal]Adam all die, so also in [figurative/literal] Christ all will be made alive. ~1 Corinthians 15:22
Neither preservation strategy is going to salvage soteriology.
But Christianity need not be given up on Jesus and Christianity, if one simply jettisons soteriology as a Pauline corruption. That’s what Thomas Jefferson did.
Like cutting the ropes on the rigging in Master and Commander when a man went overboard, it’s time to cut the rope to Paul. Yeah, it’ll be sad.
Or let the Christian ship sink.
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