Greg Boyd reviewed The Patriot’s Bible at Christianity Today’s blog Out of Ur.
These days what’s been on my mind is how people’s perspective shapes their thoughts, which shapes what they produce, like blog posts or sermons. Greg Boyd is going to say certain things about The Patriot’s Bible (if you haven’t guessed, he detests it) based on his own perspective — unfortunately this isn’t as obvious to some — and therefore his sermons/blogs/conversations are going to have a certain bent to them.
It seems to me that we’re all looking for the one right answer to an issue, as if every issue in life were either this or that, black or white, and so when we read a review on one of many Bibles available, we’re looking to give it our stamp of approval or our stamp of heretical.
These days what I think of when I read blogs or hear sermons is not, “Is this true or not true,” but “Why has this person come to this conclusion on this text when others have come to completely different conclusions? What’s at the bottom of this person’s view of the world?”
And most of the time it clears things right up. Of course Mark Driscoll is going to say that about women in ministry – look at who he reads and the people he associates most closely with. Of course Hugh Heffner is going to have that opinion about nudity – look at how he’s spent the past 50 years of his life. Of course Greg Boyd is going to have that perspective on The Patriot’s Bible – listen to his sermons or read his books.
It all goes down to your fundamental views on how life works.
I know this doesn’t solve the issue, and I’m not advocating not debating or blogging about issues, I’m simply saying if we take a few steps back we might save ourselves a lot of energy by first taking a look at everybody’s starting point.