Update: You can now read our Report on the Lost Message of Jesus Debate as well as Stuart Murray Williams statement from the evening or share your own vies in the Lost Message of Jesus Debate discussion forum.
We are pleased to announce a public debate sponsored by the Evangelical Alliance to explore the issues raised in The Lost Message of Jesus, a new book by Baptist minister Steve Chalke, which suggests his thinking is becoming increasingly ‘Anabaptist’. His book invites readers to take Jesus seriously and questions interpretations of the life and death of Jesus that imply God condones the use of violence for redemptive purposes.
You may also want to read the first chapter of The Lost Message of Jesus which is available on the internet here.
Stuart Murray Williams will be taking part in this debate and other members of the Anabaptist Network are planning to be there. If this is of interest to you, book a place.
Evangelical Alliance Press release
The Evangelical Alliance has arranged a public debate on issues raised by Steve Chalke's controversial new book, The Lost Message of Jesus. The Alliance has received a lot of correspondence about the book, both negative and positive, and has organised the meeting so that key points of disagreement can be addressed in a constructive way. As well as Steve Chalke himself, speakers will include Simon Gathercole, Lecturer in New Testament at the University of Aberdeen, Stuart Murray, Chair of the UK Anabaptist Network and author of Post-Christendom, and Anna Robbins, Lecturer in Theology and Contemporary Culture at London School of Theology. The meeting will be chaired by David Hilborn, the Alliance's Head of Theology. Discussion will focus on the atonement, and will also cover the doctrine of God, sin, salvation, and the relationship between church, kingdom and mission.
Looking forward to the event, David Hilborn said, "We are keen to see the important questions raised by Steve's book tackled in depth by people well qualified to do so. We also feel it right to give Steve the opportunity to respond to the considerable criticism which he has received since the book appeared, as well as to suggest why it is selling so well. Rather than relying on second-hand opinions, we want people to read the book and then come to the debate, so that they can formulate their own view."
In addition to formal presentations by the speakers, there will be a panel discussion with questions from the floor.
The 'Lost Message' Debate will take place on Thursday 7th October, 7.30pm at Emmanuel Christian Centre, Marsham Street in Westminster, London. Tickets £3. Booking is advised, as places are limited. To reserve a place, contact Julia Murphy on 020 7207 2114 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. To pre-pay, send a cheque marked 'Evangelical Alliance' to Julia Murphy, 'Lost Message Debate', Evangelical Alliance, Whitefield House, 186 Kennington Park Road, London SE11 4BT. The Lost Message of Jesus is published by Zondervan (£8.99). It is available at amazon.co.uk, and at selected booksellers.