A plurality of voices
I apologise for this post as it may well insult the intelligence of many of you, but I've got some questions.
Is not the bible, in relation to many theological hot-topics (e.g. hell, marriage and divorce, tithing, reception of the Spirit, etc.), a plurality of voices? And if so, can the bible be put together into a systematic theology at all? If systematising is the goal, wont it always mean stressing some aspect of the biblical narrative at the expense of another – or, as in many of my evangelical circles, pushing one proof-text over another?
What is the way forward? An anti-foundationalist, narrative, progressive revelational, missional approach? Or what?
In this regard, at a more popular level I'm reading some broadly 'emergent' authors, but also Tom Wright, Brueggemann, Walsh and Keesmaat's Colossians Remixed, and Franke's The Character of Theology - although I really want to get my grubby hands on the all too expensive The Drama of Doctrine by Vanhoozer. Got any other recommendations?