I was frustrated with Tim Keller following my exchange with him about textual criticism of the Bible in university classes.
However, in this post from April, scholar Peter Enns talks about the need for evangelicals (generalized) to re-evaluate how they read the Bible.
(I know — the post appeared in April. But my despair about American Christianity steers me from reading blogs that might deepen my despair. One must guard against crippling depression if one is to provide for a family. One can only meditate upon The Sickness Unto Death so many times.)
I’m sure some readers will miss the overlap between the two posts, but at least to my way of thinking, how someone reads an authoritative text, and how someone applies that authoritative text, equally sit at the center of Enns’ post and my post.
However, I don’t approach all this from seminary training.
I speak from 40 years of Christian faith and doubt,
4 Christian schools (kindergarten through 12th grade) of various affiliations,
6 churches of various evangelical and charismatic and mainline associations,
Intervarsity Christian Fellowship small group leader training,
Small group student leadership for NCSU’s IVCF,
Summit Ministries Worldview Camp,
A full term at L’Abri Fellowship in Greatham, England,
10 years in a formerly Knight Ridder-owned newspaper newsroom,
3 years of owning and operating a coffeehouse-used bookstore-performance space,
and now 5 years of teaching in a state university.
But, hey, everyone can show me the abstract mathematical reasons why my previous concerns and warnings were wrongheaded.
In the above-linked post, Enns uses the familiar metaphors of ear to the ground and finger on the pulse to describe Keller’s sensitive awareness of evangelical culture.
Here’s another metaphor for the evangelical situation: You can have complete awareness of what’s going on in your house, you can know it like the back of your hand, you can master interior decorating and all kinds of home repair, and still miss the approaching EF-5 tornado.