About midpoint in this post, Berghoef has an excellent contrast between systematic theology and narrative theology — it encourages me to read the Bible again without worrying about interpreting, interpreting, interpreting for The Right Answer. He, and the people he quotes, seem to leave room for Keats’ “negative capability,” which is a good thing. After all, too much confidence and too much certainty can be signs of narcissistic personality disorder.
Recently a pastor in my denomination (The CRCNA) announced that he is leaving the denomination because he ‘has doubts’ about the doctrinal positions that he is supposed to defend and teach. He indicated that he is pursuing a ministry position in the United Church of Canada.
He is not leaving because he is no longer a Christian.
He is not leaving because he is done with the ministry.
He is not leaving because he no longer is interested in following Christ.
He is not leaving because he no longer is interested in preaching and teaching.
He is leaving because we’ve created a culture in which you have to be ‘on board’ with a narrow band of dogma constructed primarily in the mid-1600’s.
Is this a good reason for someone to leave our denomination? Some would say, “Absolutely.” “Of course!”
I’m not so sure.
An Outdated Approach
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