Taylor takes a deep dive into the theology behind original sin and atonement through the death of Jesus Christ.
Based on a conservative evangelical approach to the Bible, this work reinforces the old yarn that, “In Adam’s fall we sinned all.” Debut author Taylor provides a highly readable and accessible work, replete with necessary scriptural references as backup, but on occasion veers into the realm of questionable theology. The book begins by discussing the nature of Adam’s sin of eating the forbidden fruit and how that sin was capable of being passed down not only to further generations, but to all of creation in the process. The author moves on to describe the way one perfect and divine man, Jesus, was able to provide a sacrifice capable of erasing the sin that had threatened creation. These are long-standing issues in Christian theology and have been the subjects of discourse for centuries. Taylor, however, brings up interesting, potentially controversial points. For instance: “The death sentence that was passed on to all men because of Adam’s trespass was taken away immediately without any man having to do anything to make that happen.” His premise is that Jesus’ death forgave original sin, and only individual sins remained to be forgiven. As another example, the author’s firm belief that the Old Testament character of Melchizedek is indeed Christ incarnate, and that all sacrifices were made through him until the advent of Jesus, may also stir debate. Taylor effectively imagines and conveys the level of suffering endured by Jesus in becoming a man and dying. Oddly, the resurrection plays only a small part in this work, leaving holes in the author’s larger soteriology. But overall, Taylor provides the reader with meaningful food for thought.
A worthwhile aid to devotional study but not a final word on the subject of atonement.