By Vern S. Poythress
Of their pursuit of social welfare, sociologists and daily electorate alike have followed a worldview that fails to account for either the character of God and the depravity of humankind. Ignoring God and sin has ended in faulty analyses and useless strategies to societal matters. The time has come to reconsider the research of sociology as these defective assumptions have truly affected the self-discipline as a whole.Recognizing that human relationships are derived from the triune relationships in the Godhead, Poythress argues that social interactions has to be assessed via a biblical framework that takes heavily the matter of sin. He has therefore written this compelling quantity to stimulate the reconfiguration and transformation of a worldview long past awry, supporting us to imagine rightly approximately fallen human relationships and our types for knowing and bettering them.Redeeming Sociology advocates a biblically trained technique in line with the Trinitarian nature of God, his governance of the area, and his redemption comprehensive in Christ—a version that might support to reform the sector of sociology in addition to the ideals and behaviors in our personal relationships.
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All of human life is morally colored. It is so colored because God is present. He is present as Lord, and his presence is tied to the original covenant made with Adam and Eve, a covenant that still binds all of us who are human. God is present in our moral sense of right and wrong. He is present as Judge, with authority to specify and rule concerning right and wrong. He is present as controller, who will reward us according to our deeds. We may therefore say that, I have been greatly helped by apologetics books in the tradition of “presuppositional apologetics”: Cornelius Van Til, The Defense of the Faith, 2nd ed.
The Uniqueness of God We have seen many kinds of analogy between God and human beings, and between divine persons and human persons. But God is unique in his infinity. God is God, and there is no other. The three persons of the Trinity are all one God, and it is a mystery that only God comprehends. No analogy from creatures and creaturely relationships captures or explains thoroughly who God is. The personal relationships within the Trinity are infinitely deep. In their depth they exceed what we as creatures know.
So the human capacity for relationships is not merely for human beings but for relationship with God. God would have continued in a harmonious relationship with Adam and Eve over the years if they had not sinned. They did sin and thereby broke the relationship. They hid rather than seeking God (Gen. 3:8). Even though they did sin, God spoke a promise and thereby partially restored a relationship (Gen. 3:9–19). God continued in a personal relationship with Adam and Eve. At first the community of persons had three parties, Adam and Eve and God.