So I found myself in this theological mood, wanting to post something.
My natural tendency was to write about areas I’m sure I’m right.
And there are areas I’m sure I’m right.
As I was going through a mental list of issues that I’m pretty good at arguing, it occurred to me: at best this is all silly. At worst, it’s contrary to the nature of Christ.
What would have happened if I’d gone in that direction is this: a handfull of people would have read it. A few kind folks would have posted in a supportive manner. A few folks whom I’d offended would post rebuttalls. We’d all recite our lines. And end up basically where we started.
One of the things I know is that Jesus was all about turning everything upside down. I know that He was about submission, not domination. I know that he would not have bothered to blog about the same old issues so that He’d have an excuse to spout out the same old rhetoric.
Furthermore, I know that the progressive and emergent understandings of Christ are ones that generally resonate with me. Wherever there is a disagreement (and I think this is not as often as it’s made out to be) I tend to side with the Brian McLaren/ Rob Bell crowd over the voices of old school, more traditional Christianity.
Having said all that, I realize that I am far from having worked everything out. There are things that make me uncomfortable about my world view. .. Things I don’t know how to sort out. In the next bunch of posts I’ll share these. I invite readers to help me through these issues… Tell me where you’re coming from, tell me how I’ve got it wrong.
The issues that pop into my head that I’ll cover (though perhaps more will spring up as I go:)
#2) The meaning of innerancy in scripture (and the related issues of interpretation: when should we interpret things literally… when should we interpret them symbolically.)
#3) The role that faith should play in politics/public education
#4) The nature of the trinity and the relationship of Jesus to God the father.
#5) The comparitive importance of faith to works.
I guess what it comes down to is that I see that there are problems with both progressive and traditional views on the above issues.
As I look at that list, I realize how fundamental most of those issues are. Despite the appearance to the contrary I actually have a pretty developed faith in many ways… But there are a few (often minor) areas that I’m still wrestling with God in each of these areas. For example, I’ve got most of the whole faith/works thing worked out, but there’s a few nagging details that I’m still working on.
Looking foreward to your responses,