Tuesday, 24 January 2012

Beyond Sola Scriptura and loving poetry

In his new book, Remythologizing Theology, Kevin VanHoozer contends that "Biblical reasoners do well to appreciate the subtlety and depth of the divine rhetoric" which I think is him saying, that Christians are not merely supposed to attend to the very words of Scripture but also to manner in which Almighty God presents it. Put differently we are not simply to think about the words that God uses to reveal Himself, but we are also to consider the various forms He deploys to communicate His-story. Speaking theologically for a moment it is not just the words and individual lines that are inerrant but so too are the Genres - the form and the content matter. Given the poetic nature of much Scripture, isn't this a most erudite justification for loving poetry?

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