For many Christians, their faith was born, wholly formed, 2000 years ago. The covenant established in the New Testament provides, for many, all the equipment for living the Christian life requires, and the certainties that come with this confidence are powerful and sometimes lead to an under-appreciation of the wisdom of the Old Testament. Is it possible that this tendency has had a detrimental effect on the life of the Christian mind?
Dr. Marvin Wilson of Gordon College suggests that too many Christians neglect the richness of their tradition and that this has had serious consequences for the depth of their faith experience. Wilson argues, in Exploring Our Hebraic Heritage, that Christianity does not begin with Jesus, but rather with Abraham, and that Christians can learn a great deal from the way Jews have contended with their faith over the centuries.
In this episode of Christian Humanist Profiles, Danny Anderson speaks with Dr. Wilson about the deep connection Christianity has with Judaism, and the lessons Christians might learn from Jewish theological traditions.