How A Theology of Inclusion Can Enrich Your Faith

Nomad | 4/25/2019 | Staff
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The following is an excerpt from my new book The Gospel of Inclusion, released today. Get your copy here.

When we begin to understand that the entire trajectory of scripture points to God’s radically inclusive love for all of Creation, we will be compelled to rethink our entire theological framework. Since patriarchy and exclusion are embedded in the worldview of the writers of Scripture, we will be brought into conflict with various exclusive texts and the doctrines that have formed around them.

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But this is perhaps the most faithful posture to engage scripture with- it is the posture of Jesus as he seeks to amend and raise the ethical standards of the Hebrew Bible time and time again in the Gospel accounts, it’s the way that the ancient Jewish rabbis engaged scripture as they wrote out the Talmud, and it’s the way that Peter and the early Apostles engaged their long-held beliefs- asking hard questions, observing the work of the Spirit around them in their contemporary context, and shifting their beliefs and perspectives to align with reality and the direction that the Spirit seemed to be nudging them. The call away from an exclusive understanding of the Bible invites us to rethink how we view God, how we understand salvation, and how we interact in the world as disciples of Christ.

One of the primary ways that leaning into an inclusive understanding of Christianity leads to spiritual reformation in an individual’s life is by calling us out of a dualistic way of interacting in the world, towards what my mentor and renowned philosopher Ken Wilber calls an “integral” approach to the world.

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In Acts 10, when God speaks to Peter, telling him to stop thinking through the lens of “clean” and “unclean”, he’s actually being called out of a dualistic binary towards an integral...
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