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  • Hanno shared from A Better Atonement: Beyond the Depraved Doctrine of Original Sin by Tony Jones
    Father James Bernstein, an Antiochian Orthodox priest in Washington, writes, What Is God’s Love? The original Christian understanding of love and salvation are shockingly different from what we are often presented with in non-Orthodox Christian churches. First of all: God is love—even before He creates; His love is not just an expression of His will towards creation, or simply an attribute, but rather God loves by nature—because of who He is. Love is intrinsic to His Unknowable Essence.[9]
    Note: God is love...
  • Hanno shared from A Better Atonement: Beyond the Depraved Doctrine of Original Sin by Tony Jones
    The hope he offers is that, by dying on that cross, the eternal Trinity became forever bound to my humanity. The God of the universe identified with me, and I have the opportunity to identify with him. Today, and every day, I hang with him on that cross.
    Note: Bound up with Trinity...
  • Hanno shared from A Better Atonement: Beyond the Depraved Doctrine of Original Sin by Tony Jones
    Instead, Jesus’ death offers life because in Christianity, and in Christianity alone, the God and Creator of the universe deigned to become human, to be tempted, to reach out to those who had been de-humanized and restore their humanity, and ultimately to die in solidarity with every one of us.
    Note: Recreating humanity....
  • Hanno shared from A Better Atonement: Beyond the Depraved Doctrine of Original Sin by Tony Jones
    Calvin took the doctrine of Original Sin one step further than Augustine, arguing that our inherited sinfulness has erased virtually all remnant of the imago dei in us—God might have said, “Let us make man in our image,” but the subsequent sin of Adam expunged that image:
    Note: Calvin and original sin....
  • Hanno shared from A Better Atonement: Beyond the Depraved Doctrine of Original Sin by Tony Jones
    this: The account of the original sin in Genesis 3 teaches us a lot about the state of human nature, our freedom to know right from wrong, and our proclivity to not necessarily trust God. But it does not teach that the sin of Adam and Eve is responsible for the sins of subsequent generations.
    Note: Tony Jones on Gen 3....
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