Tuesday, August 08, 2006
I've been reading a bit more Brian McLaren. This time The Church on the Other Side. He has many wise things to say and I am trying to avoid the danger of loving him too much because he is a man who puts my own prejudices into better words than I can.
'I believe Christianity is true, but I do not believe that my version (or yours, for that matter) of the Faith is completely true. (In other words, I believe that all versions are incomplete in some ways, weighed down with extra baggage, and marred by impurities, biases, misconceptions, and gaps.)'
I find in that an admission, rarely seen in people of evangelical zeal, that we are being as right as we can be given our humanity and acknowledging that when we talk to others we admit our thinking may be flawed. McLaren points out that sound biblical thinking is relative to the situation in which it is done.
'Faith,' he says, 'was an embarrasment in the modern world. It is what you had to settle for when you couldn't have scientific certainty. In the postmodern world, it seems, everyone lives by faith ... part of our human predicament, postmoderns acknowledge, is the gap between our aspiration for absolute, autonomous knowledge and our ability to attain it ... there is no certainty apart from faith, and the only kind of understanding possible for us humans grows in the environment of faith. The issue, then, isn't faith versus certainty any more, but rather good faith versus bad faith.'
Uberimma fides (utmost good faith). Now there's a new thought in old words. Has quite a lot to do with house selling as well.