Theology Update for the Week of March 4

Christian Doctrine and the Old Testament

On Sunday March 4 at 10 a.m., the Sunday class continues its series on Christian doctrine and the Old Testament. Specifically, we look at the doctrine of original sin, and the way that the story of the golden calf in Exodus 32 illuminates the story of Adam and Eve (and the serpent) in the book of Genesis. Next week we turn to the mystery of election, as reflected both in the call of Abraham in Genesis and the culpability of the disciples during Jesus’ passion. The classes meet on the fifth floor.

How to Be a Sinner

In a special Lenten program, on Wednesday, March 7 at 6:30 p.m., Dr. Peter Bouteneff of St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Seminary reflects on the language of guilt and sin common to much Christian prayer. While not without its risks, a faithful Christian understanding of a “sinner identity” is in fact a prerequisite for the good news of the gospel message, and can help lead the believer into the way of Christ’s mercy, grace, and salvation. Of Dr. Bouteneff’s new book on the topic, Rowan Williams writes, “This excellent book combines a solid theological perspective, fully informed by the depths of the Christian spiritual tradition, with a vigorous and very contemporary insight into a culture that has largely forgotten what sin means.”