Friday, March 23, 2007

Biblical Theology from the Land of Maple Syrup

I'm sure there's lots of good stuff comes out of Canada. Take maple syrup for instance. But, another good thing is the site www.biblicaltheology.ca . The purpose of the site is to:
'promote the reading of Scripture as one unfolding story by providing resources for reading and teaching.'
Sounds good to me! Authors of the book 'The Drama of Scripture', Craig Bartholomew and Michael Goheen have assembled a raft of good stuff here (by the looks of it - I haven't read it all). In the Articles section there's the Call to an Ancient Evanglical Future which I read last year and used in prep for a seminar last year in the Church History: Early Church Fathers module. The question asked in that call is 'who gets to narrate the world?' It will be someone. The authors propose either the Muslim story, the liberal capitalist story or the Marxist story (not that good a story at present - do they predict a comeback?). As disciples of Christ, we have quiet a good story(!) - THE story. Michael Goheen has posted an excellent article entitled: The Urgency of Reading the Bible as One Story in the 21st Century. He identifies the problem with the way we read the Bible:

We have fragmented the Bible into bits—moral bits, systematic-theological bits, devotional bits, historical-critical bits, narrative bits, and homiletical bits. When the Bible is broken up in this way, there is no comprehensive grand narrative to withstand the power of the comprehensive humanist narrative that shapes our culture. The Bible bits are accommodated to the more all-embracing cultural story, and it becomes that story—i.e. the humanist story—that shapes our lives.
Go read the whole article, but the conclusion kind of concludes it: we need to read and understand the bible as a single narrative, and proclaim it as single narrative:
The issue is urgent: only then can we submit to Scripture’s authority; only then can we understand our missional identity; only then can we resist being absorbed into the dangerous idolatries of our time. The church needs pastors and leaders, and the academy needs scholars and teachers who are in the grip of this story, and discharge their task in a way that calls church members and students to find their place in the true story of the world.
Thanks again to Jason Hood for the heads-up on the site