"INDIANAPOLIS—Aug. 19, 2009—In celebration of its 25th anniversary operating in Indianapolis, Bennett Innovations announces today it has awarded the $25,000 Be Moved gift video project to Outreach Inc. Bennett Innovations received more than 50 applications for the pro bono project award, which was announced in June."
Scot McKight's Jesuscreed.org has recently begun a series on N.T. Wright's recent Justification: God's Plan & Paul's Vision entitled, Justification and New Perspective. This work of Wright's is an essential response to current criticisms and writings on the current stream of the New Perspective on Paul. Most notable to this particular work of Wright is that this particular book is a response to John Piper's "The Future of Justification: A Response to N.T. Wright"
What I appreciate thus far is the clarity that N.T. Wright is bringing that is resulting from the response from within the church. The criticisms are serving to create a greater definition and elucidation of the issues. And of course, this in turn is serving all who are listening in on the conversation with eager interest. I hope to read this book sometime in the near future.
The excerpt below is, I thought a very helpful and foundational ground laying to the "rules of engagement" (so aptly and pithy put!) Taken from the fifth in the series. Enjoy!
"The 2d chp of this book deals with the rules of engagement. Here is Wright's simple approach: "The rules for engagement for any debate about Paul must be, therefore, exegesis first and foremost, with all historical tools in full play, not to dominate or to squeeze the text out of shape into which it naturally forms itself but to support and illuminate a text-sensitive, argument-senstive, nuance-sensitive reading" (51).
In other words: (1) read the text (2) in its immediate, authorial, biblical context, and (3) all in their historical contexts so far as we can discern them.
John Piper counters this method by suggesting in his book that Wright gives too much credence to non-biblical sources and to novel interpretations. Piper thinks too much biblical theology has become too fascinated with historical context that is then used to reinterpret Paul's plain sense. For some reason (Piper, The Future of Justification, 34-35), Piper thinks our knowledge of the NT is more secure than our readings of non-biblical texts. This, so it seems to me, begs the question and it is simply not accurate: this all depends on text and scholar. I know plenty who know more about the Dead Sea Scrolls or the Rabbis or the Pseudepigrapha than they do about the New Testament. Still, Piper's point is of importance: there is a history of interpretation, accurate or not (is the point), that can guide us in NT reading and some bring issues from elsewhere to the NT and then reinterpret the NT and get it wrong. But Wright's point then needs to be clearly stated: that interpretive history Piper defers to may be wrong, and when it is wrong it can be stubbornly resistant to change."
Post by miguel at 9:56 PM
Art Boulet has begun a book review series on Bart Erhmans latest book, Jesus, Interrupted: Revealing the Hidden Contradictions in the Bible (and Why We Didn’t Know About Them). Be sure to follow the series as I have linked the introduction and he has already posted another for the first chapter of the book.
If you are interested in reading his series on Barts, "Misquoting Jesus" you can find the entire series on this page.
Post by miguel at 8:29 AM
"..this tendency to mobility is that building a culture, community or church becomes impossible. We instead wind up with a sick, rootless society of immature, irresponsible people who’ve never met a problem they won’t run from sooner than facing.
There is no commitment involved when where you live is simply another consumer product. Don’t like your neighbourhood? Move. Don’t like your job? Travel. Don’t like your church? Shop around. But at all costs, don’t get stuck where you are for too long."
Read the entire post: Religion as Staying Put
Post by miguel at 7:53 AM
I am currently reading God's Word in Human Words: An Evangelical Appropriation of Critical Biblical Scholarship.
Here is a review by Art Boulet that I have been looking forward to that was just published by Review of Biblical Literature.
Here's an excerpt,
"While it is true that some evangelicals have “walked away from their faith” because they were approached with some of the results of critical biblical scholarship, Sparks demonstrates that the fault does not lie with biblical criticism but on the reluctance of evangelicals to actually engage, appropriate, and integrate these results with evangelical theology. If the evangelical answer continues to be fideism or pretending that the “problems” do not exist, then the laypeople, seminarians, and graduate students who are approached with the strength of these issues are left without a paradigm or hermeneutical method that can account for both data produced by biblical critics and the faith they hold."
- Arthur Boulet
Westminster Theological Seminary
Post by miguel at 1:08 PM
To the birth of many more physicians...
"No individual can live alone, no nation can live alone, and anyone who feels that he can live alone is sleeping through a revolution. The world in which we live is geographically one. The challenge that we face today is to make it one in terms of brotherhood....
Through our scientific and technological genius, we have made of this world a neighborhood and yet we have not had the ethical commitment to make of it a brotherhood. But somehow, and in some way, we have got to do this. We must all learn to live together as brothers or we will all perish together as fools. We are tied together in the single garment of destiny, caught in an inescapable network of mutuality. And whatever affects one directly affects all indirectly. For some strange reason I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be. And you can never be what you ought to be until I am what I ought to be. This is the way God's universe is made; this is the way it is structured."
- Martin Luther King, Jr.
Source: A Knock at Midnight: Inspiration From the Great Sermons of Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Post by miguel at 9:42 AM