Announcing a Series: _Believing Christ_ Revisited
Posted by joespencer on June 1, 2012
This year marks the twentieth anniversary of the publication of Stephen Robinson’s Believing Christ, unquestionably the most widely read LDS book on the subject of atonement or grace. The book has had an enormous impact in American Mormonism—though in some ways not enormous enough—and I think it deserves a fresh look, particularly in light of the pastoral, devotional, and particularly theological work it has spawned and/or made possible.
Accordingly, I’m going to work through a series of posts on Believing Christ here at the Feast blog. My aim will be to read critically and carefully, both to highlight what I think was truly revolutionary and vital about Robinson’s book and to identify points where I think his understanding of grace parts ways with (especially specifically Mormon) scripture. I can only hope this project isn’t too arrogant.
At any rate, that’s the project. I’ll try to do a post a week until I feel I’ve said enough about the book. I’ll begin this weekend with a post on the context in which Believing Christ appeared. I’ll thereafter work through the book bit by bit. As I do, I’ll come back and update this post with links to the several installments.
And I encourage participation. If you’d like to read along, please do. If you’d like to pitch in, please do. If you’d like to contest my interpretations, please do!
Contextualizing post: http://feastuponthewordblog.org/2012/06/01/_believing-christ_-revisited-0-context/
Post on the preface: http://feastuponthewordblog.org/2012/06/04/_believing-christ_-revisited-1-the-preface/
Post on chapter 1: http://feastuponthewordblog.org/2012/06/13/_believing-christ_-revisited-2-the-great-dilemma/
First post on chapter 2: http://feastuponthewordblog.org/2012/06/14/_believing-christ_-revisited-3-introducing-atonement/
Second post on chapter 2: http://feastuponthewordblog.org/2012/06/17/_believing-christ_-revisited-4-the-parable/
Post on chapter 3: http://feastuponthewordblog.org/2012/06/22/_believing-christ_-revisited-5-covenant/
Post on chapter 4: http://feastuponthewordblog.org/2012/06/27/_believing-christ_-revisited-6-grace-works/
Post on chapter 5: http://feastuponthewordblog.org/2012/07/01/_believing-christ_-revisited-7-all/
Post on chapter 6: http://feastuponthewordblog.org/2012/07/07/_believing-christ_-revisited-8-how/