Peter Enns is Correct: The Need to Switch Metaphors When Reading Scripture

winding-pathIn his latest book The Bible Tells Me So: Why Defending Scripture Has Made Us Unable To Read It, Peter Enns, a professor and blogger, challenges his readers to switch metaphors when it comes to reading Scripture:

Rather than a ruleb00k–and we seriously have to switch metaphors here–the Bible is more a land we get to know by hiking through it and exploring its many paths and terrains.  This land is both inviting and inspiring, but also unfamiliar, odd, and at points unsettling–even risky and precarious.”

While the many paths and terrains are both inviting and inspiring, it’s the unfamiliar, odd, unsettling, and even risky and precarious–that we have a problem with.  Why?  Because things are not as neat.  Suddenly we’re not in control anymore.  This scares us.  We’re even left paranoid.

But as Enns notes, “We respect the Bible most when we let it be what it is and learn from it rather than combing out the tangles to make it presentable.  Only then are we prepared to respect our own journey, our own uneven and sometimes unsettling  path of learning who this God is and what ti means to connect with him.”

It too is a journey of faith…

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2 Responses to Peter Enns is Correct: The Need to Switch Metaphors When Reading Scripture

  1. Great post. Enns “metaphor switch” is especially true in our post-Christian culture. We really do need to rediscover the role of the Bible in our lives and communities.

  2. Jon Hughes says:

    Peter Enns is a man of tremendous courage. His spiritual journey has not been easy.

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