Beck, Richard. The Slavery of Death. Eugene, OR: Cascade Books, 2014.
Beck argues that the fear of death (Hebrews 2:14-15) stands at the centre of life. It is our central problem and the cause of our sin. More than this, Satan uses death to enslave us and entice us to sin. But Christ conquers death for us and frees us from the power of the devil, which is death. Within this paradigm, Beck (who is a psychologist) sketches the spiritual implications of our slavery to death (and freedom from it in Christ).
He draws heavily on Hebrews 2:14–15 for his argument (although not exclusively):
Since the children have flesh and blood, he too shared in their humanity so that by his death he might break the power of him who holds the power of death—that is, the devil—and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death.
His argument, consequently, derives from biblical passages like Hebrews 2. But Beck has failed to account for all the biblical evidence, and I found myself disagreeing with significant parts of his argument. [Read more…] about I Have Never Learned so Much from A Book That I so Strongly Disagree with