While many Christians turn to Genesis as proof that we are born in “original sin,” Rev. Eric Elnes Ph.D. asserts that each of the major stories of Genesis’ first 11 chapters (commonly known as the Primordial History) directly contradict this claim. Put away your flannel-graphs because this study of Genesis is anything but one-dimensional! By examining the Primordial History in depth, we find a striking pattern: humanity is marked by “original sin” AND by “original blessing,” but DEFINED by neither. We are defined by “original grace.” Understanding the stories this way fundamentally reshapes popular Christian faith and practice.
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