Tag Archive: understanding

Taking the Bible As It Is, Not How We Want It

Christian Smith, The Bible Made Impossible, Chapter 6: Accepting Complexity and Ambiguity With a wondrous five-day break for Thanksgiving, I have finally been able to return to Christian Smith’s book on interpreting the… Continue reading

Jesus Is The Point

Christian Smith, The Bible Made Impossible, Chapter 5: The Christocentric Hermeneutical Key It is Christ Himself, not the Bible, who is the true Word of God.  The Bible, read in the right spirit, and… Continue reading

More Reasons to Be Done with Biblicism

Christian Smith, The Bible Made Impossible, Chapter 4: Subsidiary Problems with Biblicism As Smith has recounted already, the most discrediting problem with biblicism is the fact that people from the same background can… Continue reading

Why Biblicism?

Christian Smith, The Bible Made Impossible, Chapter 3: Some Relevant History, Sociology and Psychology In this short but technical chapter, Smith explores from where the thinking behind biblicism came.  He anchors the rise… Continue reading

Is There A Meaning in This Text (or Many)?

Christian Smith, The Bible Made Impossible, Chapter 2: The Extent and Source of Pervasive Interpretive Pluralism What is evangelicalism?  There are so many different and even divergent beliefs amongst people who call themselves… Continue reading

The Problem with Biblicism

Christian Smith, The Bible Made Impossible, Chapter 1: Biblicism and the Problem of Pervasive Interpretive Pluralism Christian Smith loses no time telling us why he thinks biblicism is an impossible position to hold… Continue reading

Are You A Biblicist?

Do you believe the following? The Bible contains God’s very words inerrantly passed on by humans (Divine Writing) The Bible is all of God’s revelation to humanity (Total Representation) Everything we need to… Continue reading

Top 10 Things Learned about Reading the Bible from “The Blue Parakeet”

I have finally finished a close and slow reading of Scot McKnight’s The Blue Parakeet.  This is the first of three books I am wanting to read on how best to interpret and… Continue reading

Hearers, Listeners, Doers: A Relational Approach to Bible Reading

Scot McKnight, The Blue Parakeet, Chapter 6: From Paper to Person & Chapter 7: God Speaks, We Listen Why do we read the Bible?  Are we after information, or is the goal of… Continue reading

The Bible: A Book of Ever-Changing Constancy

Scot McKnight, The Blue Parakeet, Chapter 4: It’s A Story with Power In this chapter, McKnight begins to answer the central question of the book: how should we read the Bible?  He starts… Continue reading