5.6.09

Deconstruct to reconstruct

I just wanted to point people's attention to this excellent article written by Peter Carrell of Anglican Down Under and Hermeneutics and Human Dignity. At this particular point in my household's lives, where one of us is about to be accepted into the Anglican Church and the other is hoping to work for that same institution, this article is very helpful for how it helps both of us to articulate our pathway and the reasons why we sit within one particular denominational response to discipleship.

It also helps me to articulate that what I am experiencing at college is the latter rather than the former of the following definition of critical scholarship. Sometimes, it might feel as though I am engaging in the former but I just need to sit a little longer and open my ears a little wider and listen until the end of the sentence is spoken, both by myself, my class-mates and my lecturers.

...there is critical scholarship which destroys Scripture (i.e. diminishes, denigrates, deconstructs Scripture as Holy Scripture), and there is critical scholarship which reconstructs Scripture (i.e.like an engine rebuild, pulls Scripture to pieces, examines each piece, then rebuilds it).

Peter Carrell also does much to equip us with words for the apologetic task of presenting the continuity between the Old Testament and the New Testament.

Jesus cannot be understood apart the Jewish Scripture, Jewish Scripture cannot be understood apart
from Jesus; what is needed is an interpretation which relates the two – and it is this
that Jesus provides (Luke 24:27 And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he interpreted to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning himself).


And his postured solution to our communion's divisiveness makes clear sense, but is, of course, marred by our inability to practise it:

One challenge Anglicans face is understanding how a world communion of provincial Anglican churches should organise its life. My argument here is that 1 Corinthians 11:17-12.31 (indeed, the whole of 1 Corinthians) implies the need for the "local" church to bring unresolved difficulties to the "universal" church in order for resolution to be found through teaching based on Scripture.

Thank you, Peter.

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