Original Sin Illuminating the Riddle New Studies in

Original Sin Illuminating the Riddle New Studies in Biblical Theology ☉ Original Sin Illuminating the Riddle New Studies in Biblical Theology PDF / Epub ❤ Author Henri Blocher – Thomashillier.co.uk We live in a world shot through with evil The twentieth century has witnessed suffering and human cruelty on a scale never before imagined Yet paradoxically in recent years the doctrine of original si We live in a world shot through with Illuminating the Epub Þ evil The twentieth century has witnessed suffering and human cruelty on a scale never before imagined Yet paradoxically in recent years the doctrine of original sin has suffered neglect and ridicule In this philosophically sophisticated treatment of the biblical evidence for original sin Henri Blocher original Sin ePUB ½ offers a robust response Interacting with the best theological thinking on the subject this New Studies in Biblical Theology volume shows that while the nature of original sin is a mystery even a riddle only belief in it makes sense of evil and wrongdoing After a general survey of the biblical evidence Blocher moves Sin Illuminating the PDF/EPUB Ä on to discuss the two key texts First he considers the relation of the Eden story of Genesis and to modern scientific literary and theological thinking Then he offers a new and groundbreaking interpretation of Romans where Paul discusses Christ and Adam From this exegetical foundation he goes on to show Sin Illuminating the Riddle New eBook ´ how the doctrine of original sin makes sense of the paradoxes of human existence In the final chapter he discusses the intellectual difficulties that some feel remain with the doctrine itself Addressing key issues in biblical theology the works comprising New Studies in Biblical Theology are creative attempts to help Christians better understand their Bibles The NSBT series is edited by D A Carson aiming to simultaneously instruct and to edify to interact with current scholarship and to point the way ahead.

10 thoughts on “Original Sin Illuminating the Riddle New Studies in Biblical Theology

  1. Brian Watson Brian Watson says:

    This is the second book I've read by Blocher the first being Evil and the Cross Both books are short but not easy reads Perhaps this is because the topics are difficult Perhaps this is because Blocher is a Frenchman writing in this case in English while the former book was translated from the French Perhaps it's because Blocher isn't a very clear writer Perhaps this is because Blocher is far learned than I am I suppose it may be a combination of all these thingsIn this book Blocher attempts to illuminate the riddle of original sin The subtitle is indeed Illuminating the RiddleBlocher does not claim to answer all uestions regarding original sin Mysteries remain But he does try to show how we can inherit a sinful nature from Adam though not be imputed with an alien guilt It seems to me that Blocher's conclusion is that because of Adam's and Eve's sin humankind was deprived of fellowship with God When Adam and Eve sinned they had to leave the garden of Eden Thus all the rest of humanity was born east of Eden outside the direct presence of God No human save Jesus is born with a relationship with God This lack of fellowship results in a sinful bent in all of us; from the earliest stages we are bent towards sin though still reflecting the image of God we're not as bad as we could be I say it seems to me because Blocher never makes this as clear as he should It would be helpful if we re articulated his findings in clear languageThe strengths of the book are interactions with historical theologians and Blocher's analysis of Romans 512ff The weakness is the lack of clarity It seems that Blocher often assumes the reader knows what he is talking about

  2. Mark Loughridge Mark Loughridge says:

    Thought provoking I bit philosophically geared than I expected

  3. Guillaume Bourin Guillaume Bourin says:

    Definitely not for the average reader since the technical terms and theological concepts are rarely explained Blocher assumes that the reader is already acuainted with Biblical Studies at a scholarly level The author provides fresh insights some of which I sometimes disagree Nevertheless this is a precious volume especially in the field of Historical and Systematic Theology I have some reservations with regard to the fourth chapter philosophical But as usual Blocher does not disappoint his readers and anyone interested in theology will find this book helpful As he does in French Blocher often uses subtle formulations to avoid certain difficulties arising from his arguments The example uoted above – Adam and Eve were “the first parents of our race” 42 and not the “first human beings” echoes his extensive treatment of Genesis 1 3 in In the Beginning The Opening Chapters of Genesis Blocher obviously believes that historical Adam was the product of some kind of theistic evolution and therefore that death was preexistent to original sin a problem he does not address in his exegesis of Rom 512ss

  4. Graham Heslop Graham Heslop says:

    A very helpful work that sets out not merely to defend and unpack the historical doctrine of original sin which we have inherited from the likes of Augustine but Blocher endeavours uite successfully in showing that it is rooted in Scripture His primary texts are Genesis 3 and Romans 5; and his exegesis is insightful technical and saturated with the thoughts of other most often continental theologians Though arguing against Pelagianism Blocher's faithfulness to the biblical texts and exegetical theology causes him to criticise the Augustinian formulation of original sin and suggests a modified doctrinePerhaps the greatest strength of this piece is the deep thought that Blocher has given to the doctrine's impact on and experience of our broken and undeniably sinful world There is much than theological pontification as the author offers practical points to ponder One of the weaknesses which others would surely view as a strength is Blocher's succinct style; sections of the work feel like terse and drafted ideas rather than a fully processed argument

  5. Sung Lee Sung Lee says:

    Blocher takes issue with John Murray on the imputation of the guilt of Adam's sin to his posterity Reread Murray's The Imputation of Adam's Sin and pay closer attention to Romans 5 exegesis

  6. Jimmy Reagan Jimmy Reagan says:

    The New Studies in Biblical Theology NSBT series covers such a wide array of fascinating theological subjects Of those I’ve read so far I would see them as indispensable on the theological subject they address This volume considering Original Sin by Henry Blocher is no exception Blocher has turned out several penetrating works by this point and always strikes me as an original thinker I don’t always agree with his ideas about Creation but he really knows how to jazz up your thinking and make you see other sides of issues While I wouldn’t call this title exhaustive in its coverage what it does address is as insightful as any I’ve read recently while doing an extended study of the doctrine of sinChapter 1 lays out the parameters of the extent of Original Sin Chapter 2 steps back to the place of the arrival of sin in Adam’s day You will not have to agree with his take on Creation to find this information intriguing Chapter 3 tackles the most prominent New Testament passage on the subject in Romans 5 There is fine exegesis here outstanding representation of varying viewpoints all followed by his own suggestion Once again you will not have to agree with his final conclusion to be greatly enriched by this chapter The last two chapters look broadly at the relation of Original Sin to human experience and evil and pain in our world As for a recommendation since I have been deeply in the study of sin recently I’m sure glad I found this little jewel What better recommendation could I give it?I received this book free from the publisher I was not reuired to write a positive review The opinions I have expressed are my own I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR Part 255

  7. Will Turner Will Turner says:

    Blocher is simply difficult to read There's just no way around it Unfortunately his lack of clarity greatly affects in my estimation his value When compared to the clarity of say Anthony Hoekema or others from the Dutch Reformed tradition his writing comes off as remarkably muddy This is unfortunate because he has written on some important theological topics Given the complexity of the subject at hand original sin and the muddiness of Blocher's writing I am not so sure he succeeded in illuminating the riddle Nor was I convinced of his thesis or completely clear what his thesis was Unless one is engaging in in depth research on the doctrine of original sin I would recommend sticking with Anthony Hoekema Created in God's Image John Murray Imputation of Adam's Sin or a standard Systematic Theology Boettner andor Bavinck

  8. David Martin David Martin says:

    Fairly goodThere was definitely some meat here but it was as these books are want very dry Theology the philosophical side of things anyway can often seem an exercise in splitting hairs but what Blocher’s undertaken is like nuclear fission The book does ramp up and get pretty good around chapter 4 There are some helpful pieces of truth As a useful tool however if I were in a real life situation in which I was needing to pull out these arguments apologetically I fear I would have already found myself in the middle of answering a fool according to his folly in a Pr 264 senseFinally if Blocher were to write books and were to inuire of my advice first unlikely I would strongly encourage him to read Orwell’s essay On Politics and the English Language

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  10. Braley Chambers Braley Chambers says:

    Decent yet pretty difficult Hoekema’s “Created in God’s Image” is both clear and pastoral on this topic

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