In its place, he offered a reinterpretation of God, whom he defined as Love, spelled with a capital L (Robinson, 1963a, pp. After endorsing Paul Tillich's assertion that God is the "Ground of all being" (ibid., p.
22, italics added), Robinson wrote: "For it is in making himself nothing, in his utter self-surrender to others in love, that [Jesus] discloses and lays bare the Ground of man's being as Love" (ibid., p. He also wrote: "For assertions about God are in the last analysis assertions about Love" (ibid., p. Honest to God caused a storm of controversy as the first publication by a leading churchman which asked the question While the bulk of his ideas have become integrated with the more liberal circles of Christian thought, he is considered an extremist by some.
Dispensationalist writers John Ankerberg and John Weldon write, “[I]ndeed, it is becoming an increasingly persuasive argument that all the New Testament books were written before 70 A. — within a single generation of the death of Christ. Consider the following from “The Identification of Babylon the Harlot in the Book of Revelation” written by D. The problem for Tommy is that there are lots of scholars that don’t agree with him, and the list is growing every year.
''I was trying to be honest to myself, never having doubted the basics of the faith and having been brought up strictly in the Establishment.'' Born at Canterbury Cathedral John Arthur Thomas Robinson was born on June 15, 1919, on the grounds of Canterbury Cathedral, the son of an Anglican canon, the Rev.The reader is not informed that Origen and Tertullian both lived decades after Hegesippus. That theory would place the writing of Revelation after A. 71 as John wrote the book of Revelation after he was off the island of Patmos (Revelation 1:9). This theory is only plausible in the absence of already known evidence.It is unfortunate that Robinson would take the admittedly vague statements of Origen and Tertullian as more creditable over the unrepudiated statements of Hegesippus and Victorinus. Edmundson points out that Domitian served as a de facto emperor for the first half of A. However, this theory does not account for the statements of Irenaeus and Eusebius. He also records that John returned from Patmos after the death of Domitian (A. Robinson's own evaluation of Honest to God, found in the subsequent Exploration into God stated that the chief contribution of this work was its successful synthesis of the work of seemingly opposed theologians Paul Tillich and Dietrich Bonhoeffer.Robinson proposed abandoning the notion of a God "out there", existing somewhere out in the universe as a "Cosmic supremo," just as we have abandoned already the idea of God "up there", the notion of the old man up in the sky.Along with Harvard theologian Harvey Cox, he spearheaded the field of secular theology and, like William Barclay, he was a believer in universal salvation.Robinson wrote several notable books, the most famous being Honest to God in 1963.He was a lecturer at Trinity College, Cambridge, and later Dean of Trinity College until his death in 1983 from cancer.Dr Robinson was considered a major force in shaping liberal Christian theology.Hegesippus could simplebe mistaken about the dates, confusing events that happen in 69 or 70 with similar events in 95 or 96.Apart from quoting Irenaeus, he [Eusebius] refers to the record of our ancient men (i.e.