MADPRIEST ON THE EXEGESIS OF SCRIPTURE

I am, in no way, a post-Christian. I am a postmodern Christian. And when I say "postmodern" I mean pre-pre-modern. I take all my cues from the gospels and from the early church. In regard to scripture, I perceive very little difference between the postmodern understanding of the Bible as being predominately made up of narratives (mega and micro) and the understanding of most of the early Church Fathers that much of the Bible is allegory that can be interpreted and used by the reader to illuminate the life of Jesus Christ, completely out of context if you so wish. Both ways of relating to scripture bring freedom and joy, which are gifts from the Holy Spirit without whom reading the Bible is like reading a book whilst wearing a welding mask.

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MADPRIEST ON THE EXEGESIS OF SCRIPTURE — 9 Comments

  1. Thanks, Eric.
    One of Doug’s recent posts on COUNTERLIGHT’S PECULIARS has got me thinking. He is calling for a vital, exciting response to the deathly but exciting evangelism of American fundamentalists. I think he is right. We need to make the “gospel of Christ” as interesting as bibliolatry. The good news is that I don’t think we need to invent all of our response as much of it is there for us to “borrow” in the writings of the early Church Fathers (both the orthodox and the heretical).

  2. For what my opinion is worth, I rather think the Fundagelicals have the folks looking for excitement and self-gratification sewn up. There should be a place for dignified and thoughtful worship as well.

  3. I’m of the personal opinion that Fundamentalism is simply a species of philosophical materialism. It is based on literalness to the point of breakage, much like a society w/o the arts would appear.