Derived from the Latin word for guilt or guiltiness, sin is an unavoidable human condition. In the Genesis creation stories, humanity is depicted as to have right and personal relations with God. However, within the Adam and Eve narrative, arises humanity’s first sin. Commonly referred as original sin, humanity’s first sin speaks to ones inability to fully trust God and to confess for previous wrongdoings. Consequently, mankind seeks wordly wisdom away from God, but neglects to realize that all wisdom comes from God. Thus, in the wake of original sin man has the autonomy he has sought, but not the perspective or Godly wisdom to grasp it fully. Therefore, sin is not only an act, but also a state or barrier that needs to be overcome.
Risking an understatement, the 2nd annual McAllaster Scholars lecturer and New Testament scholar Dr. Richard Bauckham is an academic giant. Allow me to run through his credentials: in addition to teaching at Cambridge University, publishing nine books in New Testament studies, over fifteen articles in the same field (mind you, all just since I was born), and lecturing the world over, Dr. Bauckham is also the recipient of Christianity Today’s 2007 Book Award, a member of no less than the Royal Society of Edinburgh and the ultra-prestigious British Academy. Dr. Bauckham spoke to a well-attended crowd in Whitlock recital hall Thursday night of the essential connectedness of Christianity and ecology.