Is it incurably romantic to think of the Bible as "like" a bunch of people with whom one discusses, and who argue among themselves, but who one defers to as authoritative for us... I.e. model the authority on personal authority rather than on the golf club rule book...The golf club rule book is an approach that is horribly common in "Evangelical" circles....
Hi Tim, I like the idea of a personal authority and having the Bible's authors as conversation partners. It's an appealing metaphor.I am now writing a reply to Craig's reply... but to read it you'd have to go to his blog!
[aside: Do we need to find a "balance of power" with the Bible?]
I guess I fall apart when I wonder which voice to listen to. Should I listen to the mainline voices? The near-silenced prophet? The scribe who reinterpreted something? What do I do when they disagree?
[Is it incurably romantic to answer my own questions with, "as led by the spirit"?]
I guess that's why I came up with the "protege" model. It avoids those questions -- which possibly isn't a good thing.
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