A couple abbreviated quotes from J.D. Greear’s blog post:
“In recent years … the theory of the atonement … has fallen out of favor with more sophisticated theologians (read: liberal and some ’emerging’; also on popular books like The Shack).”
“To believe that Jesus died to pay a debt to God’s justice, they say, makes God sound barbaric and guilty of cosmic child abuse. Ironically, this is exactly what Muslims say.”
Greear points out yet another example of why it is important to read the bible for yourself, so we don’t fall for the popular ear-ticklers of today.
Read his entire blog post here.
I was just forwarded a review of Brian McLaren’s book “A New Kind of Christianity”. You can read it here. If nothing else, it will save you from having to read the book. McLaren and his “Emergent Village” have emerged too far. They need to retract.
There is great value in studying the bible for ourselves. Researching the accepted doctrines of the faith is invaluable. Tracing the origins, both biblical and extra-biblical, is extremely helpful. This is what builds the basis for a strong apologetic. In fact, this is a biblical mandate. 2 Peter 3:15 – “Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have.” Paul praised the Bereans for doing this. (Acts 17) But if your studies lead you to challenge fundamental Christian tenets, you are not exploring your faith – you are establishing a new one!