Remedial Christianity: What Every Believer Should Know about the Faith but Probably Doesn

“Not only have my incoming students exhibited little sense of what it means to assert that Christians are historically monotheists (as opposed, say, to deists, pantheists, or monists), but their initial comments about God, Christ, and the Holy Spirit (much less the Trinity) have been so vague and superficial (and often purely sentimental) as to reflect little real understanding. Consequently, any profession of faith that my students might make or notion of salvation that they might harbor is groundless, free-floating, and without context — theological, existential, psychological, or sociological.”

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    For those who have been looking for that book that helps delineate the differences between "progressive Christianity" and "traditional," "orthodox" or "creedal" Christianity, it has arrived. Paul Alan Laughlin’s book Remedial Christianity is the best thing that I have come across in the nearly 20 years I have been teaching and preaching on this subject as a pastor, in classrooms and in workshops across the country. It is a well-written book that breaks nicely into eight chapters with discussion questions, exercises and lists of recommended readings after each chapter. The book is sufficiently scholarly and yet is highly readable, engaging and even entertaining. Maybe the best thing this book does is make a clear distinction between the teachings of the historical Jesus that encourage a direct, even intimate relationship with God and the "fall-sin-redemption" theology that was preached by Paul, expanded on by Augustine and ultimately adopted by the church."What is certain is that the teachings and the actions that constituted the ministry of the man of Nazareth played no appreciable role in Paul’s writings or theology." (R.C. pg178) Only the latter, Laughlin points out required a Savior, and that Savior became the church.Not everyone who reads this book will be swayed by all of Laughlin’s arguments, but very few will come away with the same perspective on what Christianity is and how it came to be. More importantly, it can open up a real dialogue about what Christianity must become if the church is going to survive in the foreseeable future. This wonderful book has stimulated conversation throughout our congregation’s life and has become a topic of discussion with friends and family of our members. We have therefore found this book not only to be one of the best educational resources we have ever had, but ironically it is becoming an unexpected tool for evangelism and church growth as well.

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