Humanity Among the Stars

Christian scientists Karl Giberson and Francis Collins encourage evangelicals to move away from the scientifically dubious young earth, intelligent design and anti-evolutionary positions that have dominated evangelical and fundamentalist thought for the past century. They advocate a position labeled BioLogos, which combines a theistic worldview with an acceptance of science as “a reliable way to understand the world.” In short, they maintain that science reveals how God has chosen to organize the universe and the life within it. [Read more...]

The Sinless Jesus? A Book Review of Greg Carey’s Sinners

Arguably even more provocatively titled than the book itself, Carey asks about “The Sinless Jesus?” in a brief interlude between Chapters 5 and 6. This alone is worth the price of admission. Carey first names some of the classic proof-texts for the doctrinal claim of Jesus’ “sinlessness” (Hebrews 4:15; 2 Corinthians 5:21; 1 Peter 2:22; 1 John 3:5). Importantly, Carey shows that Jesus’ personal sinlessness — even if that was the case historically — is not sufficient; instead, we know now that there are also corporate, institutional, and systemic sins such as racism, sexism, and war from which no individual can escape complicity. [Read more...]

Sinners: An Accessible and Uncomfortable Read

As a Christian, I find Greg Carey’s book Sinners an uncomfortable read. Repeatedly it adjusts the lenses we use to look at Jesus, making his wider cultural context come into sharper focus. This allows us to see the ways that Jesus (and his earliest followers) violated the norms and expectations that provided his society with structure and meaning. The result is a deeply informative exploration of the New Testament. [Read more...]