Saturday, July 12, 2008

From +Gene, From the Guardian

Face to faith
The God I know is alive and active in the church, not locked up in scripture, says Gene Robinson

The Guardian, Saturday July 12, 2008

I believe in the living God. Now, that may not seem like a surprising statement for a bishop of the church to make - but as we approach the Lambeth conference of bishops, it may be a crucial belief to reaffirm.

The debate raging in the Anglican communion over the place of women and gays in the life and ministry of the church, and the name-calling about who does and does not accept the authority of scripture, belies a much deeper question: did God stop revealing God's self with the closing of the canon of scripture at the end of the first century, or has God continued to be self-revelatory through history, and right into the present?

My conservative brothers and sisters seem to argue that God revealed everything to us in scripture. Ever since, it has simply been our difficult but straightforward task to conform ourselves to God's will revealed there and to repent when we are unable or unwilling to do so.

For me, there is something static and lifeless in such a view of God. Could it be that even the Bible is too small a box in which to enclose God?

COMMENT: Amen. Preach it Gene.


Ruth Hull Chatlien said...

Yes, I've been posting about similar things this last week--although not in the context of Lambeth. I wrote on post about God as the author of change and another about developing a less fundamentalist view of scripture than the one I was raised with.

I love the last paragraph you quoted. It's exactly what I was trying to say.

it's margaret said...

And he does it so well!

blessings Ruth.

Father David Heron said...

+Gene is preaching in London today and will no doubt get a lot of Press coverage.
And the fact that he's barred from Lambeth means he will attract more attention than the Bishops who attend!

it's margaret said...

Fr. David --it is either a great irony, or part of the great mystery, or Both plus more!!!

Many blessings