The following article was submitted by the Rt. Rev. C. FitzSimons Allison, XII Bishop of South Carolina, Retired
caused the crisis now being faced not only by the Diocese of South
Carolina but by the entire western Christian Church? It’s more than an
issue of sexuality. It’s one of pandering to the secular culture, of
shrinking Jesus and betraying the faith.
Marcus Borg and John
Dominic Crossan are two remarkably popular theologians who teach a
version of Christianity that reduces the Christian faith to contemporary
secular assumptions. For Crossan, Jesus was an illiterate Jewish cynic.
No Incarnation no Resurrection. The Easter story is “fictional
mythology” (p. 161, Jesus a Revolutionary Biography). Borg
claims that Jesus was only divine in the sense that Martin Luther King
and Gandhi were divine. Borg dismisses the creeds (p.10, Meeting Jesus Again for the First Time)
Jesus was a “spirit person,” “a mediator of the sacred,” “a shaman,”
one of those persons like Abraham, Moses, Buddha, Mohammed, et al. (p.
Recently Borg and Crossan have collaborated on a book, The Last Week: What the Gospels Really Teach About Jesus’ Final Days in Jerusalem.
Their Jesus is a semi-revolutionary leader of peasants and outcasts
against the priestly elite and those who accommodate to the dominant
system of Roman coercive authority. It was not our sinful condition that
demanded his crucifixion but this elite. Borg and Crossan’s Jesus does
not come from God to take away sin but arose from among the innocent to
teach us how not to be a part of the dominant systems. They fail to
understand the depth of sin in all of us at all times, including
peasants, as well as the elite. More importantly they lose the assurance
of ultimate mercy and forgiveness. Read more