When Villate sent me her post on chapter 2, she also sent this question:  I enjoy a particular brand of  heavy metal music. Plantinga and those who stand for a single-minded drive toward sanctification would see this music as “worldly,” not of God and corrupt. Plantinga might say it serves to make me spiritually unhygienic. Nevertheless, I can distinguish between the carnal [...]

In Chapter 2 of Not the Way It’s Supposed to Be, Cornelius Plantinga, Jr. lays out an explanation of the corrupting power of sin in the world and in human life. He posits that it is a type of “uncreation,” rendering everything it touches filthy and unwholesome. As with the concept of shalom described in Chapter 1, I like this idea [...]

Plantinga’s concept of sin as a vandalism or violation of shalom or “the way things are supposed to be” suggests that Eden was the intended state of creation. Then that silly old Adam and Eve came along and messed everything up for everyone (their “juvenile pride and disbelief triggering disobedience, scapegoating, and flight from God,” p. 30 – I cheated [...]

Plantinga’s argument in Not the Way I’ts Supposed to Be is that we know that something is off. We know that the world, while not unreal, is closer to a fun-house mirror than reality. As discussed last week, if this instinct is called conscience then the argument drives the definition of sin toward ethics.  A solution to this is to label sin [...]

Aaron has a particular agitation about circular arguments in theology.  He sat down for our discussion of chapter 1 of Not the Way It’s Supposed to Be repeating an argument he had already made via email.  “Sin is anti-shalom and shalom is the absence of sin?  This is like saying 2 plus 2 is 4, and then you take away [...]

Last night Aaron had fallen asleep on the couch of the most disgusting Embassy Suites in America. Now the sun had been up a couple of hours and he hadn’t made a sound. I had been certain for about a week that something was going to prevent me from getting on my cruise ship that afternoon, and I started to [...]