by Andrew Stephens-Rennie
A lot of attention has been paid, in recent days, to Tim Keller’s words to a group of journalists about his views on gay marriage and homosexuality. Keller is the pastor of Redeemer NYC (Presbyterian Church of America) and a founding member of The Gospel Coalition, a group of neo-reformed church leaders from around the USA.
What interests me the most about Keller’s comments is not the content about sexuality per se, but rather his comments about the way in which many evangelicals a) read the bible; and b) practice their faith. In Peter Enns’ Patheos blog, he observes a significant issue at play. That is, for many who hold to an evangelical biblicism, for them to come around on issues like homosexuality or evolution. Keller puts the problem this way:
You’re going to have to ask them to completely disassemble the way in which they read the Bible, completely disassemble their whole approach to authority. You’re basically going to have to ask them to completely kick their faith out the door.’”
Too often, especially amongst those who consider themselves “more progressive” on issues of human sexuality, the argument is reduced to a change in thought: People just need to change their mind or catch up to others in their *thinking*.
As much as emergent theological voices want to push past the “propositional truth” paradigm, we continue to find ourselves stuck offering replacement propositions. New ways of *thinking* about human sexuality. And yet, what’s at stake here is not just a new idea, a new proposition, a new piece of information. What’s at stake is, in fact, a complete rewiring of an entire way of being. Read the rest of this entry »