Inescapable Intuitions About God, Sin and Forgiveness

An interesting clip from the show ER. The scene is built on the extreme liberalism of the chaplain and the hard-wired intuitions we have regarding God, our sins and our need for forgiveness. The Niebuhrian (H. Richard not Reinhold) formula for the liberal version of Christ (a God without wrath brought men without sin into a kingdom without judgment through the ministrations of a Christ without a Cross), and which is explicated by the chaplain, obviously does not satisfy us, even if we cannot articulate it, and even if we risk a legalistic, earn-my-way-to-heaven approach. But still the intuition is strong, and necessary.

[H/T: unfortunately, I’ve forgotten]

2 thoughts on “Inescapable Intuitions About God, Sin and Forgiveness

  1. Fascinating…I wonder what the rest of the episode did with this character? Anyone know?

    While this is powerful, I wonder if the rest of the program didn’t dumb this down to make the chaplain actually right and the patient misguided in asking such questions.

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