Father of Obama’s Theology Speaks at Harvard, denies the Divinity of Christ, discusses an “American Christ”

The embedded video posted here is an edited down except found on YouTube.com.  While edited for time, it does not take unfair license or mislead in anyway.  In fact, it may actually soften his actual remarks.  The following text is the EXACT, unedited statement by Cone in which he undermines the common basis of Christianity, the divinity of Christ, and salvation through faith (the emphasis in the text was added by this editor).

Many orthodox and evangelical Christians believe, that Jesus died on the cross, to redeem human kind from sin.  They say Jesus took our place, and suffered on the cross for us so that we would not burn in hell forever.  He was our substitute, they say, the son of God, who according to Mark’s gospel gave his life as a ransom for many.  We are now, Paul said, justified by God’s grace as a gift through the redemption that is Christ Jesus, whom God put forth as a sacrifice of atonement by his blood, effective through faith.  Without Jesus death on the cross, many Christians believe that we would not be acceptable before God.  The cross, therefore, is the great symbol of salvation for Christians.  Unfortunately, during the course of two thousand years of Christian history, this orthodox understanding of the cross has become a fixed doctrine, that many believe must be accepted as the definition of what it means to be a Christian.  

Those seeking to do dilegence on this topic for themselves are encouraged to view Dr. Cone’s entire, unedited remarks at Harvard’s official site.


1 Response to “Father of Obama’s Theology Speaks at Harvard, denies the Divinity of Christ, discusses an “American Christ””

  1. 1 Bret
    October 9, 2008 at 1:41 pm

    Has this guy even cracked open the NT or OT??

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