Friday, October 12, 2007

Sifting through old notes

and stumbled on a 3x5 card of highlights from a lecture I heard at Xavier. Thought I'd throw them out for comment in no particular order:
If you open the door to allegory in Scripture, you open the door to your own agenda.

Historical truth is necessary to unpacking a tradition.

Propositional theology is a 19th century phenomenon; prior generations focused on theology as wisdom.

The Kingdom of God is in our presence - midst, not within us.

History is about survival of insight... how we adjust to what is happening around us.


Kansas Bob said...

Maybe a better way to say it would be:

The Kingdom of God invisible.. it is both within us and in our midst.

R. Michael said...


Just some random thoughts to your random notes...As I delve more into the postmoderns I am amazed by the marriage that propositional truth has with modern evangelicalism. It is at best a dysfucntional relationship like the "dance" that we all learn to do in our relationships, for better for worse. Our view of propostional truth has become our security blanket...we are afraid to let it got for fear of what...our traditional view of God may have to change...and that means we could be wrong?!* about some things....yikes! Are there other reasons we are afraid to let go? Might it reveal issues with our own hearts and minds that are ugly? I know a lot of my christian collegues fear what would happen if we let go of our current view of truth...complete and utter social and moral chaos...but I don't believe this to be true, at least not any more chaotic that the world already is.

Propositional truth (at least the way evangelicals view it) is to me like a sweater that is slowly unraveling by thread pulling. At some point it ceases being a sweater despite the fact that we still put it on a parade it around like a silken robe. I have tried to convince some of my collegues that the postmoderns may be the saviors of christianity going forward not the ones ringing the death nell. Would you hold the same view?

BTW the first quote about allegory in Scripture...I have heard almost verbatim from folks who should know better...particularly when it comes to interpretations of Genesis.

julieunplugged said...

I like the way you want to think about the postmodern impact on faith. It most certainly could save Christianity, but I think the evangelicals would view the form that takes as less than Christianity, hence the debate and fight.

R. Michael said...

...agree that most evangelicals view a postmodern form of faith as "christianity-lite". Have heard comments that "this is just old-fashoined liberalism...with new window-dressing".