…still pondering the idea of TRUTH, thinking about the person holding the Bible in the air saying the he was grasping the Truth……
….and of course he was indeed grasping the Truth, but this does illustrate the very literal way that many Evangelicals think of the Bible. It seems to me that they look at it more like a technical manual than as a book to illuminate your life; almost like a book called “Car Repair for Dummies” or “How to Maximize the Value of Your Portfolio with Minimal Risk”. The Bible is so much more than that ! It is the Word of God, it has something to say to us today, to the people who lived when it was written, to people in the future. The Jews say they have a Living Torah — this is how we should think about the Bible ! (see this previous blog where I touched on this idea)
…..anyway, for some reason I did a search on “radical orthodoxy” and found anarticle by J. Sharlet that really resonated with my thinking on the subject of Truth, the Bible etc. I will present some portions from the article below. I will highlight thoughts that were particularlly interesting to me. Here is a link to an article about John Milbank, a proponent of Radical Orthodoxy.
……….fundamentalism is a cut-and-dried textbook faith. It’s a creed that in seeking to establish theocracy and make God the answer to every question accidentally leaves God out of the picture. For in fundamentalist theology, God—incomprehensible G-d—takes a backseat to his own Word.
Or rather, the words his or her servants have written; the authority of the Bible displaces the more nebulous authority of the Lord.Literalist readings of scripture reduce the most enduring of stories to pre-processed Bible-in-a-box, a series of if-then and A-leads-to-B logic formulas by which we are to know a world where all nuance can be dismissed as the devil’s deceptions. When you examine the hard-and-fast propositions of fundamentalism, the comparison that calls science a religion cuts both ways: Fundamentalism is science with a choir.
Logic proofs make for a small god. Some say a dead one.
……….As faith, fundamentalism exists in a space circumscribed by rationalism, if not reason. Only the murkiness of an orthodoxy in constant revolution can begin the work of bringing God back to the world, or the world back to God, or maybe revealing the unity of the two………
OK, there you have it, chew on that awhile ! And if you need more stuff to read, here is a link to a website that makes a great resource for us surfers or wannabe scholars.