Re-blogging a little post I wrote last year…
In honor of Easter, which celebrates the resurrection of Jesus Christ, I enter into a discussion on salvation.
My question, salvation from what?
Though a complex question with many perspectives, I return to one of the most influential Christian theologians, Augustine, who lay much of the groundwork for later Christian theology. According to Augustine, humans are sinners thanks to Original Sin (see Re-Visioning Eve for an alternate perspective on Adam and Eve). We are thus inherently biased toward committing acts of sin; we have no control over sin. But humanity is obligated to be sinless. So how, if we are naturally inclined toward sin? For Augustine, we are totally dependent upon God for salvation and we require God’s free grace to be healed, forgiven, and restored. That is, saved.
How is this possible? Through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
As with much Christian theology, the roots of notions…
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