his research interests include Theology as Praxis: the interpreting of contemporary human experience in the light of experiences in Scripture as a hermeneutical and epistemological undertaking.
In the gospels, the scribes and Pharisees are enslaved to their traditions and are generally unable to receive the message in Christ. They are afraid. Fear is an absence of authority. They do not have authority in the interpretation or proclamation of God's law. In the garden Adam was given authority from God, and this was freedom. After the fall, his authority was damaged and fear and enslavement ensued. In Christ, God speaks with authority into the world and gives authority to his son as a man, the Second Adam. This authority brings freedom, and release from fear. Jesus has authority to interpret and proclaim God's message. We participate as believers in the authority and freedom of Christ, but we too must be careful not to become enslaved to traditions through fear.
This was excellent stuff. Reflections on political realities as examples of theological realities aids in our understanding of the human condition and therefore in applying our theology to the various parts of our experience - this was theology across the boundaries.