Wednesday, May 16, 2012

A few more thoughts on the Bible...

I've written on this topic before, but this week a friend of mine asked me to give a quick explanation of my basic views on the inspiration and interpretation of Scripture.  Clearly, this is not the kind of thing that can be fully explained in a single blog entry (or even a series!), but I want to post these thoughts here and see what kind of feedback I get.  So, here goes:

Like many evangelical Christians, I grew up simply believing that the Bible was the book of Truth (with a capital 'T') given to us by God.  I never really questioned it much, even in college, and post-college, when I prided myself on being a bit more 'avant garde' than the average Christian, primarily because of the music I listened to. (Rather foolish, I know, but aren't we all a bit foolish in our early 20's?)

Anyway, to make a long story short, I pretty much accepted the Bible at face value, without really thinking very deeply about what was going on behind the scenes, so to speak.  Sure, there were lots of debates over interpretation, but these were mostly 'in-house' debates having to do with what specific verses did or didn't say about things like rock music, tattoos, and drinking alcohol.  I have no doubt that many Christians are still living in this paradigm.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Mooney on faith...

"Faith means taking the things of the world in a certain manner.  In contrast to stoicism, it means taking them as blessed, just as Job blesses the Lord who gives and takes.  But how can a man as afflicted as Job is, nevertheless affirm the inexhaustible meaning of the particulars around him...?  Job's capacity to maintain a faithful vision is put on trial.  We can conceive this trial as a battle between two competing frames or visions for understanding suffering and affliction.  The battle takes place on many fronts, between Job and his friends; between Job and the Lord; within Job himself; and within us as we read this unsettling, inconvenient scripture..."

- Edward Mooney