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A Great Quote to Ponder


Theological Jousting

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“For too long we have read scripture with nineteenth-century eyes and sixteenth-century questions. It’s time to get back to reading with first-century eyes and twenty-first century questions.” – N.T. Wright

(Justification: God’s Plan and Paul’s Vision p. 21)

So when you think about this quote, what kind of things pop into your mind?


5 Responses to A Great Quote to Ponder

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  3. Marina Rakovich says:

    Any new convert or a seeker coming to the Bible today IS reading it with 21st century eyes, and – rest assured – 21st century questions.
    It takes special academic learning to look at it with 19th- or 1st-century eyes.
    N.T. Write is probably bookish enough to be able to do that.
    So what hope is there of us, simpletons?

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  5. I was saying that the negative side of what NT could have been saying (because lets face it one can interpret that quote many ways without knowing the context…) is that by ignoring the very important questions raised by our theological past we will be left without much meaty truth (the reformation for me is where baptists and non conformists find their roots, without it we are not here!) and so I would say that the statement above by NT needed qualifying.

    I agree that “we” have – to some extent – been living in the past, theologically, and that we need to get into the present and ask questions that are for today reflections of and questions into the first century …

    however, the journey of the Church has massive value, and Christianity does not exist simply in the first Century but throughout the ages and its complex development, how it handled and understood the Scriptures and applied them etc cannot and must not be discarded for the “purer” quest of bringing the Bible into the 21st century without staining it with what happened in between…
    that is like ignoring what happened in the 400 years between the OT and NT… that history is vastly important in understanding First Century Jewish life and the context of Jesus’ mission and the Birth of the Church.

    So my comments are a reflection on the quote and the implications that I see arising from it… unqualified and unexplained…

    And I guess there are some serious theological issues that we would not have in the Church had we not had those 2000 years of theology and some in particular with interpretations that offend many today perhaps think that by bypassing them that we will avoid the conclusions that these people came to… Anyway, the point is, I agree with NT but at the same time disagree… =0)

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