Monday, October 03, 2005

The immanent return of Chris

No, the title is not missing a final 't', it's just that I've had to once again leave the Vaterland and visit England for my Annual Review, and so my ability to blog has been somewhat restricted. But rest assured, I’ll be back with my hot-of-the-press, cunning and original heresy in the near future - later this week actually.

While I've been in England I've been thinking my way through the so-called Pauline 'New Perspective'. Up till now I've been quite unsure what to make of it all. Nevertheless, I feel I am staring to slide in one direction at last. But exegesis aside, what has been most eye-opening for me is how I’ve felt in my reading, how I’ve reacted to scholarly positions at a deeper level.

Let me briefly explain: in the past, if any new argument was presented that challenged the ’old guard’, my natural reaction was one of extreme suspicion. But now I just couldn’t give a monkeys if my more or less ‘reformed’ categories of justification are challenged. In some sick weird masochistic kinda way, I even enjoy it. In fact, I‘m really appreciating and learning loads from those books that I, in the past, would have wanted to sprinkle with holy water, and cast demons out of. I’m just not interested in defending a ‘theological school’ anymore just for the sake of ‘being sound‘.

My apologies for these rantings. I am, of course, a self-confessed recovering fundamentalist, so not all will understand me. But does anyone know what I mean?


At 10/03/2005 10:04 PM, Anonymous Table tennis bat haircut said...

Never trust your FEELINGS. You are on dodgy ground here my friend. What else do you FEEL? Maybe watching TV makes you FEEL happy, or buying that extra dessert makes you FEEL better.

Pure logic. Undeniable a priori deductive, analytic proof. That is all you can trust. FEELINGS lead to the dark side - (Darth Vader music in the background) - trust only Grudems Systematic Theology!

At 10/04/2005 4:57 AM, Blogger Ben Myers said...

I have just been posting on the question of whether there is a "spirit world." So I guess I know where you stand, if you're in the habit of casting demons out of books.... ;-)

At 10/06/2005 8:10 PM, Blogger Chris Tilling said...

Hi Table tennis fringe,
But don't I remember a picture in the back of a Josh McDowell book that had a 'Feelings' train engine pulling a 'Facts and bible' carriage? I think ..., no, I feel you are sadly mistaken my early-enlightenment-desperately-in-need-of-a-shot-of-romanticism friend.

Hi Ben!
Well, you know the scene in Harry Potter, in, I think, The Philosopher's Stone, where a book in the forbidden section of the Library is opened, and starts screaming ... need I justify my position more ...?


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