Original Grace

An Experiment in Restoration Thinking

In Original Grace, Adam S. Miller proposes an experiment in Restoration thinking: What if instead of implicitly affirming the traditional logic of original sin, we, as members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, emphasized the deeper reality of God’s original grace? What if we broke entirely with the belief that suffering can sometimes be deserved and claimed that suffering can never be deserved?

In exploring these questions, Miller draws on scriptures and the truths of the Restoration to reframe Christianity’s traditional thinking about grace, justice, and sin. He outlines the logic of original sin versus that of original grace and generates fresh insights into how the doctrine of grace relates to justice, creation, forgiveness, and more.

As we embrace the reality of God’s original grace and refuse the logic of original sin, we achieve a deeper understanding of our relationship with Christ and the meaning of his atonement. Christ suffers with us in order to heal our wounds and redeem our suffering. He rescues us from sin by empowering us to exercise our agency and accept God’s original offer of grace. He fills us with his pure love by teaching us how to respond to all suffering the same way God does: with even more grace. Indeed, as Miller suggests, the very substance of salvation has always been a grace-filled partnership with Christ.

Original Grace was published June 6, 2022.


“Hallelujah! Adam Miller turns original sin, law, and justice on their heads and provides us with a new grasp on grace and divine love. He weaves together stories of his father with theological explanations of a true, living Savior and of the beautiful partnership I so desperately need with Him. This book speaks to me in a very personal way, and I am finally able to place myself, with new eyes and a new heart, to a grand understanding of God’s love for me. I see the plan of salvation and the role of Christ on a higher level.”

Jennifer Reeder, author of First: The Life and Faith of Emma Smith

“Adam Miller has been rearranging my theological furniture for years, but I think Original Grace ranks as critical reading for Latter-day Saints everywhere. Once or twice in a generation, an author reinvigorates our theological imagination

J. Spencer Fluhman, executive director, Neal A. Maxwell Institute, Brigham Young University

About the Author

Adam S. Miller

Adam S. Miller is a professor of philosophy at Collin College in McKinney, Texas. He earned a BA in comparative literature from Brigham Young University and an MA and PhD in philosophy from Villanova University. He is the author of nine books, including Speculative Grace, The Gospel according to David Foster Wallace, Letters to a Young Mormon, and An Early Resurrection. He also directs the Latter-day Saint Theology Seminar.

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  • Page Count: 144
  • Price: $ 18.99

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