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Myths, metaphors, mysteries and making it up: theology meets fiction

There is a saying which I’ve seen variously attributed to African, Amerind and Asian wise men, which goes “I don’t know if it happened this way, but I know this story is true”. A little while ago, I blogged on... Continue Reading →

Scared of sacred texts? (Daring to look beyond the Bible…) Part 4

I’ve now talked about secondary and marginal Jewish and Christian scriptures, about the Hebrew Scriptures and their interpretations (also regarded as scripture by Judaism) and about the interpretative tradition in Christianity. There is one area left within “sacred texts” which... Continue Reading →

Scared of sacred texts? (Daring to look beyond the Bible…) Part 3

In parts 1 & 2 I talked firstly about scripture which was in one way or another secondary, either because it was not fully accepted by some churches, or because it wasn’t accepted by any of them any more, and... Continue Reading →

Scared of sacred texts? (Daring to look beyond the Bible…) Part 2

In part 1, I looked at some examples of what one might call “secondary scripture”, including the apocrypha (or deuterocanonical, which is a translation of “secondary scripture”) and a set of completely extra-canonical works which probably were “scripture” for some... Continue Reading →

Scared of sacred texts? (Daring to look beyond the Bible…) Part 1

“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness”, are the familiar words of 2 Timothy 3:16, written, probably, by a sincere follower of Paul borrowing his name sometime during the first century. You... Continue Reading →

Reevaluating the architecture of church

I read in the Telegraph that one in six young people in the UK self-identify as Christian; of those a significant proportion say they made their decision following a visit to a church. Not to a service, just to the... Continue Reading →

Walls and pews and mindsets: a radical inside out perspective for authentic church

A few years ago, the vicar of my then (Evangelical Anglican) church encouraged the congregation to meditate on the future of that church - so I did, and had a vision of the church turning itself inside out - literally... Continue Reading →

We can’t ALL be right? Can we? Subjective and Objective perspectives on faith

“This all men speak of as God” is the conclusion to the third of Thomas Aquinas’ “Quinque Viae”, commonly thought of as the quintessential proofs of the existence of God. The other four end with permutations on the same theme.... Continue Reading →

Be careful… (what you pray for)

If he could see me now, I think my Dad might be somewhat pleased. He’d certainly be surprised, as long as he could actually cope with the cognitive dissonance... Dad was a long time Methodist local preacher, and as a... Continue Reading →

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