And Never the Twain Shall Meet: The Irredeemable Qualities of Darren’s and Kevin’s Soteriological Reflections

Since Perry, of the presently de-energized, soon to be re-energized, Energies of the Trinity blog, has thoroughly responded to Kevin’s post, What to Do? (in the comments to Kevin’s post), and done so better than could I, it would be redundant to address Kevin’s reply in the sort of detail that has been my wont in previous encounters. First of all, Perry rightly shows the flaws of Kevin’s construal of nature, will and person, and does so with more terminological rigor than I can presently muster (I am, after all a philosopher more than I am a theologian). Furthermore, I have already addressed the Trinitarian concerns in Kevin’s post in my sidebar earlier in the week. And finally, Kevin ends up conceding most of the main points on which I base my argument, the principle of assumption, the assumption by Christ of a fallen nature (though there are some slight but significant differences on that), and so forth. But I will address Kevin’s final paragraph, for it is there that his schema falls apart.

Darren’s post, Jesus Christ and the Mark of Original Sin, construes human fallen nature (original sin) in ways that I think problematic, and so misconstrues some of my own assertions about human fallen nature. Darren’s primary intent is to preserve both inherited guilt, an inherently sinful human nature, the assumptive principle, and the human nature of Christ without original sin (but able to sin). Unfortunately, Darren wants to have it too many ways, and his own attempts at synthesizing these elements leads to inescapable aporia. Yet, as Darren says, “Please consider this development of my own thought to be a work in progress.” So hopefully our diablog will help him (and me, as well) in that process.
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