Book Review: The Forgotten Creed

Thanks to Richard Smith from the Progressive Christianity Network Western Australia for this review.

This book reveals how scholars believe that Paul’s remarkable words in Galatians 3:28 of radical equality among all people irrespective of race, gender, slave or free was borrowed from an ancient baptismal creed. The original author long since forgotten.

This ancient creed said nothing about God or Christ or salvation. Its claims were about the whole human race. In a world of bigotry, slavery and sexism the followers of Jesus proclaimed at baptism: “You are all children of God. There is no Jew or Greek, no slave or free, no male and female, for you are all one.”  But Christianity would within 300 years become a religion that despised Jews, condoned slavery as the will of God, and championed patriarchy.

Freedom slowly emerged 1500 year later as Christianity gave birth to secularism (this world) enabling the Church to rediscover its true original nature, from the historical teachings of Jesus and from science (Latin scio – to know and scientia – knowledge). Science gives birth to Ecology revealing the fullness of God, the ultimate reality that sustains all life on earth irrespective of race, gender, slave or free, human or non-human. But can Christianity resist the temptation of falling prey to the powers and privileges of wealth that science has bequeathed us. Again abandoning Jesus’ radical teachings and in Greta Thunberg’s words ignoring for the last 30 years, the science of climate change.

Richard Smith

25 November 2019

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