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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/

9 Responses to “Announcing a Series: _Believing Christ_ Revisited”

  1. I love that book, have given it as a gift several times. I will be looking forward to your thoughts – it will give me a good reason to read it again.

  2. Trevor said

    This series of posts will be of great benefit, so thank you. Quick question: have you discontinued your series of posts on the Book of Mormon Sunday School reading assignments? I haven’t been able to fund any since Lesson 18 and greatly miss them, as they were the most uplifting and enlightening dialogues with scripture I have experienced in ages.

  3. Clint J said

    Indeed! I truly miss the weekly feast that was your Book of Mormon posts and I have been working through them again–they are that good! My sincere thanks for your efforts to share your insights.

  4. joespencer said

    Trevor and Clint,

    Thanks for your very kind words. I have left off writing lesson notes for the year. There are several reasons, probably collectively unjustified. The biggest reason, though, is that I’m using the time I was dedicating to those lessons on another major project….

    • Trent said

      Joe, I’m totally missing your lesson material for Gospel Doctrine BofM studies. My lessons have become less rich!

      • Jim F. said

        Trent (and others who miss Joe’s lesson materials), don’t forget that, though they are not of the same caliber as Joe’s lesson materials, there are links to several different sets of lesson materials on home page of the Feast upon the Word blog (http://feastuponthewordblog.org/). At the top left corner you’ll see a heading, “Lesson Links.” Under that heading you’ll find links to the Aaronic Priesthood and Young Women’s lessons, to Gospel Essentials lessons, to Primary lessons and Priesthood and Relief Society lessons–and to the Sunday School lessons.

        If you click on the “Sunday School” link, you’ll find yourself on a page that allows you to jump to lesson materials for all of the Gospel Doctrine Sunday School lessons. Most have materials from more than one person, so you may find someone who fits your interests and style almost as much as Joe does.

  5. Kris said

    I really look forward to this. Thank you.

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