Thursday, August 6, 2009

The ZigZag Café

We will be convening here at the ZigZag café, Suisse, on Thursdays for conversation and dialogue. I invite you to stop by every Thursday for the question of the day. Your thoughts and participation are most welcome. Pull up a stool, avec un café, un thé, ou un chocolat chaud, et un croissant, and join in here on Thursday at the ZZ café.

For today:

Any thoughts on why so much of the Bible is either narrative or poetry?

8 comments:

Micha said...

Hi Greg

Is your question more focussed on "Why did God reveal himself so much through narrative or poetry." or on "Why did people express their religious thoughts and experiences through/with/by narratives or poetry"

Micha

Greg said...

Micha,
Thanks. Hmmm? Good question. Let's say, we take out the 'or' in your comment and see a relation and distinction configuration for the Bible - God reveals and people express through narrative and poetry - but I wonder why these two are so prominent?

Micha said...

poetry is often an outpouring of human feelings, pain and happiness. It is more authentic, it is easier to identify with the experiences and with the transmitted moments of truth.
Maybe the people who had an impact on the canon felt this relation and authenticity.

Greg said...

Micha,
True. Poetry and narrative are better at expressing humanity, but I would wager they are more fitting for theology too.

I wonder if Scripture was already canon and therefore had an impact on people first, before they in turn verify the already there.

Micha said...

But we still have this urge to express theology rationally - to unhinge the theological bricks and put them together to create dogmatic theology. Would you critique this approach?

Could you repeat your comment about the canon, please?

Greg said...

Micha,
I wonder if something of the tendency you mention is not rather modernist - package it up into rational dogma or a system and make it work. Don't get me wrong I'm not against rationality, only its modernist form.

Canon: Seems like it's a real possibility that canon was more a recognition of something already given than a giving recognition to something that didn't have it in the first place.

harry coe maynard said...

Hello Greg,

Stronly agree with the cannon idea, I think the first Church already knew before they simply made it Official.

The fact that we can understand poetry and prose is just another example we live in a Personal Universe.Also John 3 exmpl the facts line up behind that.

Pain developes pros like Charles Dickens ( he was said to have been the best)

Greg said...

Harry coe,
Thanks. Agreed.