Thinking Systematically about Theology
The resulting sad truth is that today's reader exercises more control over God's Word than God's Word does over the reader.
Today, especially in academic settings, it is regularly assumed that the Christian Scriptures can no longer be taken at face value, as they were for the first eighteen hundred years of the church's life. For many, it seems obvious that something about our contemporary experience prohibits us from reading the Bible straightforwardly as a faithful and true witness to God's redemptive work in history.
We find it less obvious to discern what it is about our experience that prohibits us from reading the Bible in this way. The fact that there are multiple communities of ...