I find a pocket of millions of Christians, living and dying for 15 centuries, about whom I have repeatedly demonstrated, using their own documents, did not interpret Paul’s comments the way Augustine interpreted them.
And what’s more, they sooooooo didn’t agree with Augustine, that they won’t even use any argument about sin to explain why infants are baptized - - in those Eastern Orthodox communities that do baptize infants ! - despite the fact they do think Adam sinned and that all humanity has and will sin!
Oh, and Paul’s interpretation of Adam is the one part we have actually watched Evagelical “giants”, in abject enthrallment, literally say they have no idea how they could ever abandon Augustine’s interpretation of Paul …
And still we don’t think it is worth exploring how YEC’s (notoriously anti-Catholic in their doctrines) might actually be vulnerable in their fixation on the most Catholic thing in their whole world view?!
Is this too frivolous an accomplishment? Are the beliefs of Slavic communities, Greeks and Africans so irrelevant? Virtually nobody is interested? I see.
The YEC Kool-Aid has a surprising influence, even amongst the non-YECs.
It’s gonna be “amateur city” around here until the BioLogos leaders find a trusted Eastern Orthodox contributor to add Eastern credibility to your global library of writings. Is this too prejudicial? There are so few American believers, percentage wise, who oppose Augustine’s interpretation of Paul, that there isn’t even a Protestant denomination devoted to this point.
So… to actually have whole denominations, with ancient texts, successfully contradicting the Augustine view (successful in the sense that after 15 centuries they are still in existence, and aside from these communions, in America, are actually growing faster than most other denominations!) - - this is not noteworthy and even inspirational?
I encourage those who have a say to bring in the ancient professionals… the ones who have studied this argument for more than an eon. Let them come and teach…