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"you're packing a suitcase for a place that you've never been...a place that has to be believed to be seen"...'Walk On' by U2

WATERSHED: A voice in the wilderness. DARYL UNDERWOOD.

 

The concept of Centerpoint Christianity briefly stated is:

Christianity from the centerpoint outward.

Christianity from the climax forward.

This blog constitutes concepts for a new view of Christianity that begins with what is foundational and moves forward from that point. It is based on the assumption that we are being pulled towards something unseen and pushed from a place that once was.

What Centerpoint Christianity attempts to do is bypass some of the constraints imposed by metanarratives by using the life of Christ and particularly the climactic actions of Christ as beginning points.

It supports the conviction that God is essentially timeless. From this beginning point we endeavor to move outward from the definitive moment of the parousia (visitation) of Christ and forward to the future which functions as a type of magnet to "what can be--and is coming".

When we begin at the life of Christ and move outward as from the centerpoint of a web, rather than in a linear timeline of history, another wide picture emerges.


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Friday
Feb292008

Do we read the Bible rightly?

Randall Balmer, a Columbia University professor and expert on American religious history, says this...

"The evangelical faith that nurtured me as a child and that sustains me as an adult has been hijacked by right wing zealots who really have no real understanding of the teachings of Jesus,” he said.

“They have taken the Gospel the Good News of Jesus Christ, something that I consider to be lovely and redemptive, and turned it into something ugly and punitive," he said. "They have cherry picked through the Scriptures wrenching verses out of context and used those verses as a bludgeon against their political enemies.”

Rather to the point, eh, Randall? "They have cherry picked through the Scriptures wrenching verses out of context and used those verses as a bludgeon..." are stern words which engage my attention. Common man translation: proof-texting. Using scripture to back my personal agenda or belief. Not my cup of tea. Proof-texting is often the expected mode of study emphasized in modernity, accepted by the church evangelical, fundamental. A child of the time where we could figure almost anything out, or at least, thought we could. The afterbirth of the enlightenment for all disciplines across the board. In truth, modernity and its ways, is useful in some disciplines, actually at home at disciplines such as science and medicine...but in reality, abysmal in others, such as religion.

Really untrustworthy at best. For example, Solomon says, in the Bible, "there is nothing new under the sun" and so be it. Nothing is really a surprsie, things are somewhat redundant. Same old same old. I could make a case for this if I wanted to "lift" this passage and preach it. It would preach, I could make this mark.

But let's say that it didn't suit me. Why not, then, use Jesus words, same Bible, and say "behold I make all things new" and preach that message because well, it serves me, it suits me and my purpose that day. I could make that stick. If I want to preach one message, then I pull one scripture out of my lipstick case, another message, another flavor. My choice, my option. Nothing is really as settled as they say in theology. Lots of blurry lines to live with. Honestly. And let's face it people are catching on to that these days. When they don't, or why some don't and continue to back this type of exposition, I confess stupifies me. So call me stupid. But when is the last time you heard 1 Kings 20, God's anger at Ahab's mercy, or  the census slaughter in 1 Chronicles "pulled". This stuff doesn't really preach so we can avoid it altogether if it suits us, and of course it usually does. I suggest we get honest about it all.

Jack Miles poses an insightful question about how we read and ingest scripture: “Why take so narrowly instrumental an attitude toward a work of the imagination?"

I suppose the simple answer is: Because the enlightenment and modernity which followed told us to. It told us to, so that we might not fall prey to myth and imagination. It came to deliver us from the evil of imagination and wonder. It came to deliver us from wonder and imagination at all. With its rules and constructs we were handed a better, logical model of tested proven investigation into the Scriptures. Why tested? Because it was handed over to the professionals to deal with the word of God to protect us from error, such as we are prone, like that which surely comes out of the dark ages, when man is left to himself. It came as the saving grace form a time of great human progress. In the end. Hogwash.

Let us dream, wonder and be amazed by the authority of the deep engaging story. 

MORE TO COME... 

 

 

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