I must say that I enjoyed Scot McKnight’s book, The Blue Parakeet tremendously.  Scot is an incredibly thoughtful and down to earth scholar and author.  It is rare to find someone with whom you agree as much as I agree with Scot.

Scot begins by demonstrating his concept that the Bible is Story and there are different ways that we all have been taught to read the bible.  They are 1) reading to retrieve (like an owner’s manual I suppose), 2) Reading through Tradition (I read John Piper’s book at the same time as this and it strikes me that this is how Piper reads the bible, and 3) Reading with Tradition (where we take the Story of the bible and put it in our times and understand the Story).

The next couple chapters expand on these concepts so that you can have a solid understanding of what the bible is saying.  I don’t believe that I have ever met anyone in the flesh who reads the bible this way.  I have been an active participant in various internet communities and I have studied various scholars works that do it like this, but not someone in the flesh.  I am, however, going to actively promote this type of reading in my community.

Scot further proposes how we can adapt the word to today.  I got quite a kick out of Scot initially saying that we pick and chose what we want to listen to in the bible and he is right, that is exactly what we do.  The reason I get such a kick out of it is because the people who are the most adamant about their belief that they don’t pick and chose are generally the ones who do it the most.  The people tend to say that “the bible says it so I believe it” but they don’t realize that it is just their interpretation they believe, not the bible.

The point of this being that Scot is saying to us that the Blue Parakeets are those passages that seem to be out of place and cause problems with the theology and tradition in our religions.  That certainly is the case with the Baptists who I have been exposed to over the past several years.  They would contend that they follow only the bible and not tradition, but it seems to me that they follow tradition even more closely than the Catholics, its just that they don’t realize that is what they are doing.

Scot provides a multi-chapter discussion of how one can apply this way of thinking to the issue of women in ministry.  Aside from it making an excellent argument for Scot’s method of interpretation, it also is a valuable resource for talking with people about getting rid of restrictivist organizations in the church.

Thanks for a great read Scot.

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Ayn Rand

by admin on December 10, 2009

in General, Uncategorized

I came across this article was surprise by a paragraph near the end.  It says:

Rand, a Russian-born American philosopher and novelist, is best known for her magnum opus, “Atlas Shrugged.” A joint survey conducted by the Library of Congress and the Book of the Month Club found that “Atlas Shrugged” is the second most influential book for Americans today, after the Bible. According to the Ayn Rand Institute, an estimated 20 million copies of her books have been sold.

The second most influential book for Americans today, after the Bible.  Wow.  I am going to have to study that a bit more since I think this sets up a tension in approach between the top two books on this list.  Or, would some who support the top book think the second is a proper implementation of its principles.


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