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The Doctrine of **** has consequences today for the living including Christology, evangelism, human dignity and our “tone in life” according to two speakers at the Global Anglican Future Conference.
The Rev. Canon Dr. Kendall Harmon, Canon Theologian for the Diocese of South Carolina and The Rev. Rico Tice of All Souls Langham Place in the Diocese of London shared about preaching on the doctrine of **** during a seminar on June 20th in Jerusalem.
Harmon - West - Triumph - Reason - ****
Harmon explained the West’s “triumph of the therapeutic” as one reason that **** is rarely preached about. Referencing Washington Post coverage of the recent Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain suicides, Harmon discussed how happiness is seen as a right, which means that people don’t have an understanding of how to deal with unhappiness.
Additionally, Harmon contrasted the cultural context of the 19th and 20th centuries with how people approach the concept of ****. Because the 20th century had more “****” than any generation previously, it has been hard to imagine something worse, Harmon noted.
Universalism - Denial - Doctrine - **** - Harmon
“Universalism is the most sophisticated denial of the doctrine of ****,” Harmon reported, contrasting an optimistic 19th century view that “people are too good for God to damn” with a more developed 20th century view following undeniable human atrocities that “God is too good to damn anyone.”
Mainline Protestants have also identified exclusion as the ultimate problem, and, Harmon observed, “nothing is as exclusive as ****.”
Challenges - Doctrine - **** - Mainline - Protestants
Challenges to the Doctrine of **** have come not just from Mainline Protestants, but also Evangelical Left authors including Rob Bell and Brian McLaren.
Harmon also critiqued a new consensus among some Roman Catholic scholars which he referred to as the “doctrine of the real possibility of ****.”
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