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Hi, my name is Kevin Williams and I am owner of Oasis Newsfeatures and editor of The Amish Cook newspaper column.

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  1. Magdalena

    Funny your degree is in philosophy; so is my husband’s, and mine is a double major theology/philosophy. Anabaptist theology would hold that we are born into sin. As the psalmist wrote, “In sin did my mother conceive me.” But elsewhere, we read, “All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.” No implication that we can avoid it, but that it is something that is consequent rather than ingrained. Traditional theology in the Orthodox vein (Eastern Orthodox, Anglican, and Anabaptist) is that God intends each to be perfect, but the world is sinful and corrupts us by the time we have reached an age of reason. While Calvinist theology had some influence on early Anabaptism (rather Hussite theology), Anabaptists were not Calvinists. I find that evangelical Calvinism is making an advance in current Anabaptist thought, diluting their orthodox teachings of almost 600 years.

  2. Barb

    I feel that people are inherently good but can be easily swayed by peer pressure. Children raised even with the highest standards I imagine can head in the wrong direction. I don’t believe our prisons are filled with persons with lousy parents, they just followed the wrong path in life.

  3. Susan GIll

    I believe that man is inherently sinful and that he is predisposed to wickedness, primarily against God. He justifies his sinful behavior with all sorts of excuses, and strays far beyond what God has commanded him to do. All Christian faiths, whether Anglican or Anabaptist, share the same doctrinal stance regarding the need for confession of and repentance for sin in order for the grace of God’s forgiveness and salvation to be made real. What makes such an impact is that in the Amish faith, those who wantonly sin without repenting, are forthwith shunned, and their communion with the fellowship of believers temporarily severed until full repentance is evident.

  4. LindaM

    It doesn’t take a whole lot of consideration for me to believe that we are inherently good because the Bible says we are created in the image of God. God love us so we are worth loving. We make mistakes, do wrong, and consequences can be great, but in the end and as a whole I believe we are good and often give God a big laugh at our antics. I believe we are on earth as a testing ground. It’s a place to prove ourselves. We have choices and are almost constantly tested. We are tested so often it’s amazing we’re not worse, but so often as a whole we do incredibly good and compassionate things that prove we are worth God’s love and never-ending faith. For that I will continue being a lover of people and believe in the best of what we are capable of. I’m not a philosopher, or a theologian, just a grade school teacher. That ought to tell you a lot!!


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