The common thread across this broad front [of denying the authority of Scripture] is that Scripture cannot be fully authoritative at the level of its functioning in the life of the church today.  We are, in fact, autonomous, freed from its language and constraints as we shape our own understanding, in our own way, in the postmodern world.  At the end of the day, Christianity is about filling out my story, being propelled on my journey by the Scripture or the Holy Spirit, and being propelled into the (post)modern world.  It is not about our fitting into the Bible’s narrative.  It is not about seeing it as an objective framework of truth.  Why not?  Because that does not sit well either with the (post)modern autonomous self or with the (post)modern world.  Here is the postmodern preoccupation with the self into which the whole of reality has been contracted, the self at the center of the universe and, despite all the Christian words that are spattered around, actually refusing to be part of God’s (objective) narrative.

From: The Courage to Be Protestant: Truth-Lovers, Marketers, and Emergents in the Postmodern World by David F. Wells (Grand Rapids: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2008), p. 87.


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