Thursday, November 27, 2008

Over-realised eschatology thinking

A good reason to write a post like the previous is interestingly found in the claims on the back of a book noted by Nick Norelli recently, Beale's The Erosion of Inerrancy in Evangelicalism: Responding to New Challenges to Biblical Authority. What Beale actually claims remains to be seen when I purchase a copy, but the blurb reads:

'When postmodernism preys upon propositional truth, Christians—and Christian scholars—can be tempted to redefine words like "error," "truth," and "inspiration." But if propositions are no longer secure, what exactly does it mean to say that the Bible is true?'

It goes on to speak of 'leading postmodernist, Peter Enns'! All of this sounds quite silly, and it reminds me how important it is to actually read the bible before being taken hook, line and sinker by such notions as 'secure propositions'. In fact, this strikes me as the symptom of an (albeit understandable) yearning for the eschaton, but framed like this ultimately leads to over-realised eschatological grasp of reality. I suggest a meditative think on the proposition found in Psalm 66:4!

(For some earlier Chrisendom reflections on scripture and propositional revelation – you know you want to read them! – see here and here)


At 11/27/2008 2:08 AM, Anonymous mike said...

That's what I said!

leading postmodernist, INDEED!!


At 11/27/2008 5:29 AM, Anonymous Drew Tatusko said...

What if Jesus preached in propositions? Would arguments (meaning assertions) like these be called "parabolic revelation"? Things to think on....

At 11/27/2008 7:24 AM, Anonymous Cliff Martin said...

I found these two posts, and the earlier two from 2006, refreshing and personally encouraging. Thank you!

At 12/02/2008 11:02 PM, Anonymous Chris Tilling said...

Thanks Cliff!

Mike, you made me smile; Drew you made me think!


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