7 EpiphanyI'm going to London today to hear N.T. Wright lecture.
From N.T. Wright, Scripture and the Authority of God, SPCK, 2005:
"Once you can make scripture stand on its hind legs and dance a jig, it becomes a tame pet rather than a roaring lion. It is no longer 'authoritative' in any strict sense; that is, it maybe cited as through in 'proof' of some point or other, but it is not leading the way, energizing the church with the fresh breath of God himself. The question must always be asked, whether scripture is being used to serve an existing theology or vice versa" (52).As one of my beloved profs always says, "Let the storyteller tell his story."
"The fact that I have criticized the 'literal/non-literal' polarization does not mean that I am indifferent to the question of whether the events written about in the gospels actually took place. Far from it. It is juts that it will not do to repeat irrelevant slogans and imagine that one has thereby settled the matter. There is a great gulf fixed between those who want to prove the historicity of everything reported in the Bible in order to demonstrate that the Bible is 'true' after all and those who, committed to living under the authority of scripture, remain open to what scripture itself actually teaches and emphasizes. Which is the bottom line: 'proving the Bible to be true' (often with the effect of saying, 'So we can go on thinking what we've always thought'), or taking it so seriously that we allow it to tell us things we'd never heard before and didn't particularly want to hear?" (70)