by Andrew Stephens-Rennie
My previous post, A Lifetime of Habits, arose out of an initial reflection on Peter Enns’ blog post about some recent statements by American pastor Timothy Keller. While those statements were most specifically related to Keller’s views on sexuality, they allude to a much more important question: how do we believe?
Most fascinating in Keller’s perspective is the acknowledgment that a shift in belief on issues such as human sexuality would demand a complete dis-assembly of the way in which many evangelicals read the bible and understand scriptural authority.
In response, Mike Todd suggested:
The metaphor of disassembly is unfortunately appropriate. What kinds of things require disassembly? Things welded, or glued, or put together with nails and screws and nuts and bolts. Things that are fixed, that were never meant to bend, to shift, to move.
Things that require disassembly are made of human hands. Like the Golden Calf of the Exodus, they are idols. Read the rest of this entry »