Wednesday, April 27, 2005

What is the official ELCA leadership trying to do?

Back in March the current Presiding Bishop dropped a bombshell in a ELCA news release:

"In his report, Hanson offered his first public comments on the task force report and recommendations. Hanson said:
+ Two "hermeneutics" or paradigms are at work among the members of the ELCA that make agreement difficult on scriptural and theological matters. The Rev. Craig L. Nessan, academic dean and professor of contextual theology, Wartburg Theological Seminary, an ELCA seminary in Dubuque, Iowa, writes that there is a "traditional approach" and a "contextual approach" in interpreting Scripture, both of which are valid and irreconcilable, Hanson told the bishops. Similarly, Dr. Marcus J. Borg, Department of Philosophy, Oregon State University, Corvallis, writes that there are two irreconcilable "paradigms" in which Christians differ in their understandings of the Christian tradition and their interpretation of Scripture, creeds and the confessions, he said. Hanson said he's heard people with different understandings of Scripture and theology seeking to find a place for their views in the sexuality recommendations."

Read it:

Now I'm just a little crustacean, but it seems to me that this is a problem. Why is it that "people seek to find a place for their views" is not seen as something that man Martin Luther would have a big problem with? Didn't he say you humans were supposed to be under the Word. Seems to us shellfish that you people are always trying to dictate to God, when it should be the other way around. No?

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