By Ian S. Markham
This ground-breaking ebook demanding situations readers to reconsider the divide among liberal and orthodox ways which characterises Christianity today.Provides an alternative choice to the liberal / orthodox divide in modern Christianity. Defends Christianity’s engagement with non-Christian traditions. contains vital dialogue of theological process. Illustrated with case reviews related to human rights, interfaith tolerance, economics, and ethics.
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The Bible is a text that invites critical study. The synoptic problem is not an invention of the modern era. Any careful reader of the text ﬁnds the ﬁrst three gospels have considerable material in common, which is then treated in signiﬁcantly different ways. The Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5–7) and the Sermon on the Plain (Luke 6) are both similar and yet different. Now this has, of course, always been recognized. However, the explanations and debates in modern 20 Engagement: What it is and Why it Matters New Testament scholarship, which recognize different interests at work in the organization and use of the material, are persuasive.
Spong’s problem is that he rejects a Christian past that doesn’t exist, at least at the level of major theological traditions. If it existed (and exists) at other levels, that is another matter and takes us into realms that are not here our immediate concern. Let us now turn to the conservatives and see if they fair any better. McGrath, like Spong, is well known; unlike Spong, however, he sets out his position with much more care and precision. 47 It is a charge Spong probably ought to concede.
46 Quite so, Bishop Spong. This supposedly highly anthropomorphic tradition already has the account of God that Spong wants to commend. The problem that worried him so much is already solved by the tradition he has rejected. Spong’s problem is that he rejects a Christian past that doesn’t exist, at least at the level of major theological traditions. If it existed (and exists) at other levels, that is another matter and takes us into realms that are not here our immediate concern. Let us now turn to the conservatives and see if they fair any better.