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10-31-13 Sin and Salvation.docx

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Theology
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THEO 1161
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John Makransky

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Sin and Salvation  10/31/2013 For Final  • Major point of Borg’s critique of how justice is neglected in Christianity individualism distorts gods  concern for creation as a whole  • We might see ourselves as isolated individuals but in Christian perspective god doesn’t see us  that way and his concern for human welfare is communal  • Kingdom of God­ as we review Borg and King try to clarify what each author respectively means by the  word justice and how do they connect it with the kingdom of God and their understanding of God  • Identity as a process of continual transformation and renewal  • Where is this transformation leading to? ▯ greater capacity for compassion  Sin • What comes to mind when we here the word? • Adam and Eve Vice, immoral, separation from God  • • Illegal, improper  • Borg’s different meanings of the word “sin” • 1) pride­ “root sin” self­centeredness, humans recognize their own identity and try to become  God and there is basic sense of insecurity of who we are and to compensate for that we  elevate our sense of being and in the process displace God  • 2) disobedience­ disobeying God’s laws  • 3) state of being that produces sinful behavior • 4) separation from God­ develop a sense of identity alienated from God  • 5) unfaithfulness, lack of trust in God­ center yourself in something else • any concept of original sin missing from this list; original sin articulated by Augustine (Northern African  born from Christian mother in 4  century AD and he had a Pagan father, successful academic, deep  religious longing trying to find out the truth)  • Augustine went into Manichean religion (spirit opposed to the material to the physical, needed  to discard it and the soul or spiritual part of being had to be liberated somehow) • Human beings in their origi
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