Friday, March 31, 2017

Friday Musings - March 31

I’d wager that the Genesis authors had no historical, biological, or genetic information to rely on when they processed and wrote the creation stories. Thus, early Genesis is likely to be a post-Exodus founding narrative set in place to enhance the identity of the nation of Israel and its God.


Thursday, March 30, 2017

Thursday Thoughts - March 30

Those who read Genesis 1 as basically a God ordering of creation account often seem to ignore the natural world informer, which may be telling us that things are not so unequivocally simple. When interpreting Genesis 1 it simply won’t do to read the text alone, even in its ancient Near Eastern context. The time has come, if we are to better interpret this story, to also interact with the natural world and then see where that takes us. Creation may not be so orderly after all, and if it’s not, Genesis 1 will have to be read in a new light.


Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Living Spiritual Rhythms - March 29

The validity of the Christian faith will only continue to suffer if we do not engage the issues and ideas of our day. To bury our heads in the sand and hope the challenges to the truth of what we believe will all go away, is wishful thinking.

We have the significant calling to be a testimony to the love of Christ, but this will not be heard, if we speak an entirely different language unrelated to current discussions, nor will it be seen, if we live in a spiritualized world of our own making, divorced from that which is really happening. Being informed about what’s going on is a responsibility for ourselves and others, as we tell the story of life and death in a pertinent and persuasive manner that has traction in the listening and watching world.


Monday, March 27, 2017

Reflection for the Week - March 27

Recent questions revolving around ‘what is history?’ have given rise to this. What is narrative? Umberto Eco, of The Name of the Rose fame, suggests that to tell a story or write a narrative you have to construct a world.

On this view, Genesis is not merely information, but a created story world – of course, in my perspective related to, but distinct from the real world. Yet, Eco’s suggestion, while helpful, needs to be supplemented. Stories also connect actions – narrative creates causal relations between one action and another. Think about this. “God sees a cow in the field” is not a narrative – “God sees a cow in the field and milks it” is. Another feature of narrative, brought to light by Paul Ricoeur, is time. What is recounted in narrative takes place in time and makes time. Thus, a temporal dimension is not to be missed or ignored if we are to better understand stories. But right, there are at least a few other important elements of narrative: plot, point of view, characters, intrigue, suspense, drama, audience-reader; all of the above require due consideration when reading stories, including those in early Genesis.


Friday, March 24, 2017

Friday Musings - March 24

Beyond the fleeting and idolatrous deceptions of the meta-narratives

of absolutism and relativism, lies the steadfast mediated truth of the Crucified and Risen One.


Thursday, March 23, 2017

Thursday Thoughts - March 23

Engaging a post-trust culture means meeting people where they are in their suspicions and re-directing them to an ontology of revised trust. Arrogant appeals made to institutions, politics, or churches, no longer has traction, whereas personal encounter and investment carry significant weight. Sacrificing time and energy should be a mark of Christian love and charity towards others. Hammering out together the validity, or lack thereof, concerning plausible explanations of reality has to take place one step at a time. There are no fast and easy solutions to complex issues. Starting with being human and living in the world is as good a place as any to begin the journey towards transformation.