“I believe in fairy-tales in the sense that I marvel so much at what does exist that I am the readier to admit what might” GK Chesterton
Let Tim Keller tell it.
McLaren poses ten questions that organize his new book. This reviewer goes through each question and McLaren’s answer in ten or so posts. Maybe more than you want to know. But the issues gets laid out. McLaren could be cut more slack.
This particular whistleblower says he was prepared to murder Bernard Madoff.
The Boston Herald piece by Jerry Kronenberg goes on:
The Boston financial whiz who tried for years to expose Bernard Madoff reveals in a new memoir that he made plans to murder the Ponzi schemer if necessary.
“If (Madoff) contacted me and threatened me, I was going to go down to New York and take him out,” Whitman resident Harry Markopolos writes in “No One Would Listen,” due in bookstores Tuesday. “At that point, it would have come down to him or me, (and) I felt I had no other options: I was going to kill him.” Continue reading
Driscoll tweeted this statement by JI Packer. “The Church no more gave us the New Testament canon than Sir Isaac Newton gave us the force of gravity.”
In other words, the Bible created the church, the church did not create the Bible. This is similar to the argument that asks the question, “Is the Mona Lisa beautiful because we say it is beautiful or do we say it’s beautiful because it is?”
Well, ontologlically this is true – the church cannot create the Bible. But it begs the question. Did the church have a role is recognizing and then codifying the books which were ultimately recognized as inspired of God? The simple answer is yes. If the simple answer is yes, then the church itself is a source of God’s presence and authority. I don’t have a problem with that. I used to. Now I don’t.
Of course, once the church is given that status, us evangelical Protestants have to meaningfully interact with the authority of tradition. I wonder if our problem with that is more psychological than intellectual. And I wonder if that keeps us reductionistic in our development and able single-handedly with one arm tied behind our back to reduce our doctrine (after 2,000 years of thought, prayer and worship) to one side of a 8 1/2 by 11 piece of paper.