Saturday, July 15, 9:30 am – noon
Guild Room, South Campus
The summer meeting of this monthly group facilitated by the Rev. David Hett looks at the work of Bishop John Shelby Spong and his friends that engages and enlarges Christian concepts to fit 21st century understandings.
In July the group focuses on John Shelby Spong’s “6th Thesis” of his series on “Charting a New Reformation,” specifically “Atonement Theology.” Spong’s original thesis declares:
“Atonement Theology, especially in its most bizarre form, which we call ‘substitutionary atonement,’
presents us with a God who is barbaric, a Jesus who is a victim and fills human beings with little more than life–destroying guilt. The phrase, ‘Jesus died for my sins,’ is thus not just dangerous, it is also theologically absurd.”
In addition, the group continues to discuss the weekly writings of progressive Christian authors in this series, including Matthew Fox, Eric Alexander, “Science Mike” McHargue and Gretta Vosper.
If you missed earlier discussions you are welcome to attend. The columns, in document form, will be emailed to participants. You are also welcome to make a donation at the door to support the Burkhart Center programs.
Contact Natalia at njones@FCchurch.com, or leave a voicemail at 614-488-0681, ext. 105.