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How We Approach the Bible

29 February 2008

If you pay much attention to the dialogue in Christian circles around the so-called “emergent” movement, you’ve heard of Scot McKnight, theology professor and author of The Jesus Creed and several other books.  He has assembled an interesting quiz to help us grapple with the diverse ways we approach the Scriptures.

The fancy word for this line of inquiry is hermeneutics:  I would define it pithily as “the personal art of biblical exegesis.”

If you are a regular reader of this blog (I’m speaking to both of you!), I would be interested in your score on the survey.  The survey is not perfect, and McKnight recognizes that, so don’t get wrapped around the axle on it as if your answers were going to be held against you at the Pearly Gates.  Presumably, God already knows what the accurate answers would be in your case, anyway; the only question now is whether or not you are willing to be honest.

Why is this important?  Principally because it gives us a simple way of beginning to understand how the diversity of our approaches to Scripture affects our ability as a community of faith to discern what discipleship means in practical terms:  that is, with reference to relationships within families, within our community of faith, with unbelievers, with believers among other strains of Christendom, and within political contexts where we wish to see the kingdom of God embraced, embodied, and revealed “as it is in the heavens.”

Looking forward to some comments here!


3 Comments leave one →
  1. b-man permalink
    1 March 2008 8:46 am

    I scored a 56… makes me a “moderate”. Interesting “survey.

  2. queueball permalink*
    1 March 2008 5:19 pm

    Did any of the questions leave you scratching your head? They did mine. qb

  3. b-man permalink
    2 March 2008 11:30 am

    I do recall a good bit of head-scratchin’.

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