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Original Blessing: Putting Sin in Its Rightful Place

Original Blessing: Putting Sin in Its Rightful Place

by Danielle Shroyer

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Of the world’s three major religions, only Christianity holds to a doctrine of original sin. Ideas are powerful, and they shape who we are and who we become. The fact that many Christians believe there is something in human nature that is, and will always be, contrary to God, is not just a problem but a tragedy. So why do the doctrine’s assumptions of human nature so infiltrate our pulpits, sermons, and theological bookshelves? How is it so misconstrued in times of grief, pastoral care, and personal shame? How did we fall so far from God’s original blessing in the garden to this pervasive belief in humanity’s innate inability to do good? In this book, Danielle Shroyer takes readers through an overview of the historical development of the doctrine, pointing out important missteps and overcalculations, and providing alternative ways to approach often-used Scriptures. Throughout, she brings the primary claims of original sin to their untenable (and unbiblical) conclusions. In Original Blessing, she shows not only how we got this doctrine wrong, but how we can put sin back in its rightful place: in a broader context of redemption and the blessing of humanity’s creation in the image of God.

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ISBN-13: 9781506420295
Publisher: Augsburg Fortress, Publishers
Publication date: 11/01/2016
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 1,111,502
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Danielle Shroyer is the pastoral theologian in residence at Journey Church in Dallas and the former senior pastor of that church. She holds an MDiv from Princeton Theological Seminary and is the author of The Boundary-Breaking God, a founder of the emerging church movement, and a sought-after speaker.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Elevator Pitch ix

I Awakening to Blessing

Blessing is Like Bulletproof Glass 3

Blessing is God's Prerogative 11

Original Sin is Unnecessary and Unhelpful 25

A Tale of Two Boxes and a Golden Thread 47

II Revisiting the Garden

Let's All Take a Deep Breath about Genesis 59

God's Actions Speak Loudly of Blessing 75

You Can't Rush Happily Ever After 87

III Rethinking Sin

East of Eden 113

We're Blankets, Not Sheets of Steel 131

We All Live Downstream 141

Bodies, Babies, and Baptism 153

IV Rediscovering Jesus

Why Do We Need Jesus? 167

Why the Cross is a Blessing 177

V Living into Blessing

Practice, Not Perfect 195

Serpents, Doves, and Eyeglasses 205

Acknowledgments 215

Bibliography 217

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