This has been a long time coming.
For the past 10 or 15 years I have been growing increasingly unsatisfied with the either/or options that were being presented to me.
- Creation or Evolution
- Catholic or Protestant
- Democrat or Republican
- Gay or Straight
- Married or Single
- Conservative or Liberal
- Public or Private
- Think or Do
- Faith or Reason
I have come to see that these binaries are not only unsatisfying and impotent but are in reality inaccurate and often deceptive. If nothing else, they result in a round-and-round series of dead-end debates that lead nowhere and only serve to produce cul-de-sac brands of christianity that where folks in one camp don’t trust and don’t even know how to talk to folks from the ‘other’ camp.
When it comes to reading the Bible, the either/or options seemed to be:
- one-dimensional black & white literalism
- reductive dismissal and criticism
Both of those are unsatisfying and impotent.
So over the past 4 years I have been comparing notes with trusted friends and trading ideas with respected thinkers and practitioners. I have tried some new stuff out on Sundays in the pulpit and I have read lots of books about the Bible.
About a year and a half ago I have got to the point where I was tired of reading and talking about the Bible … and I want to actually read the Bible.
I know better than to do that alone … so I went on a journey and I found some fellow travelers. We come from all over the country but we have crossed paths in Portland.
Starting Wednesday September 6th we are going to meet in a church basement with Bibles in hand and read the scriptures together through a progressive lens.
So it begins …