Original Sin: An Essential Doctrine or Not?

Yesterday I mentioned a new Genesis commentary that rejected the doctrine of original sin.  A question then arises: Is the doctrine of original sin essential to Christian theology or not?  To be sure, this doctrine is in all the major (and even minor) Protestant confessions of faith.  Original sin is a crucial doctrine in the… Continue reading Original Sin: An Essential Doctrine or Not?

The Synod of Orange (529 AD)

In the early church, some people rejected Augustine’s view of the will, sin, grace, and predestination.  Teachers like John Cassianus (d. ca. 430) and Faustus of Riez (d. ca. 490) argued for for freedom of the will, the ability to reject God’s grace, and they disagreed with Augustine’s emphasis on predestination.  This is usually referred… Continue reading The Synod of Orange (529 AD)