Shuck and Jive
Monday, September 18, 2006
"Those who insist upon the unaltered retention of traditional forms of religious understanding and language and who retreat from the challenge posed by the actual world after Galileo want to direct the Christian community into the confines of a sacred grotto, an enclosed, religiously defined world that is brought completely under the control of scripture and tradition; and they want to turn the ordained clergy into antiquities dealers."
I realize now that I am in the process of reforming my theology. This blog is a means to that end. This is a personal exercise yet I am engaging in it publicly. I have no delusions of grandeur about this. I don't expect anyone else to care or to take notice. I am not a scholar. I am a simple country preacher who recognizes that the god we inherit is too small for the world we inhabit.
I didn't plan it this way, but I see now that my previous posts are attempts to set our context as 21st century Christian Americans (or American Christians), in particular, and in general, as inhabitants of Earth. Cosmology, ecology, energy, economy, evolution, empire and so forth should not be relegated to the "seminary elective" category of Christian Ethics. These concerns are central to formulating a theology that can speak to us and enable us to participate in God's unfolding vision of Shalom.
This will mean that I will need to articulate an understanding of God, Jesus, the Bible, the Church, Hope (Eschatology), Sin, etc. that not only makes sense to our condition and context, but that can also raise our level of consciousness and inspire us to positive action. Your questions, challenges, resources, and ideas will be helpful to me and maybe to others. Maybe this personal yet public exercise will spark your creativity as well.
The above quote is from an article in the Fourth R by Roy Hoover (co-author of The Five Gospels with the late Robert W. Funk) entitled Tradition and Faith in a New Era. I invite you to check it out and to offer your critique!
Not content with peddling antiquities,
Posted by John Shuck at 9/18/2006 07:05:00 AM