Original sin - Did Augustine lead us up the wrong path?

Almost no doctrine is more controversial than 'original sin'. It has branded the Gospel as a dark message in the minds of many people - but most Christians just have a foggy notion of what it might mean. In this important talk, Tony challenges the mental models behind 'original sin' and then gives us a much richer model for sin - its beginnings and its imputation. Tony uses Romans 5 and the 'two Adams' to shine a better light on the topic, and then leaves us with suggestions as to how we might frame the gospel differently in the light of these insights.

Tony Golsby-Smith

Tony has been the original architect of Gospel Conversations—rather like the conductor of an orchestra—in which his role as the conductor is to attract musicians who are better than he is. In many ways, Gospel Conversations is a journey of exploration shared by Tony and his good friends.

Tony’s professional life explains a lot about the paths of inquiry that Gospel Conversations takes. He is trained originally in English Literature—and poetry in particular—before his first career as a secondary school teacher.  This made him comfortable with mystery and ambiguity as necessary roads to the knowledge of God. He has always been fascinated by the mystery of how human beings create and think, and this led him into a long and influential career in Strategy consulting where his firm, Second Road, helps organisations think together more effectively so they can design the future they desire. All of this gave him a high view of humanity, and the faculties by which we design our worlds—and it also gave him a front-row seat watching how humans collaborate to alter realities and shape worlds. His deep grasp of poetics gave him a Romantic theology—with a view of language that TS Eliot called a ‘raid on the inarticulate’ rather than as a scientific exercise towards precision and definition.

Behind this set of intellectual perspectives—which predispose him to exploring horizons of faith—lies his sense of being enveloped by the lifelong love of the God-man, Jesus of Nazareth, and a predilection for radical grace as the defining feature of God’s work with the cosmos—a legacy he first received from his wondrous mother, Patricia. She prayed every day that Tony would articulate to the world the love of Christ that she experienced but felt lost for words in expressing.

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Habakkuk and Redemption: An Alternative Paradigm

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First Fruits in Jeremiah

This is the first talk on our new ‘Breakfast with Jesus’ channel. In this very first talk Tony dwells on the significance of the phrase "firstfruits of his harvest" in Jeremiah.
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Habakkuk - Hope in Dark Times

Tony takes us through the great minor prophet Habakkuk whom he calls the ‘Hamlet’ of the Old Testament. Habakkuk is like Hamlet, because the whole book, all three chapters, is an extended inner dialogue between the prophet and God.
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Big Ideas in Little Pictures - Wholes before Parts

Exploring humanity’s mysterious ability to create wholes from parts and Gregory says about the mind of God in creating ex nihilo; that God created all humanity in one ‘man’.
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