Tomorrow I’m going to attend a Doktorklub paper on the “necessary” interface between Biblical Studies and Missiology. Just today I read an article which had this interesting section,

In the mid-twentieth century, Karl Rahner pronounced the Bible off limits for theologians. Systematic theologians, he argued, should not presume upon the domain of properly “scientific” historical exegesis. To my mind, this untenable divide between theology and biblical interpretation has crippled both systematic and biblical theology. — R. R. Reno. (For full article click here)

This has got me thinking further along the lines of how there is a tendency to be exclusive in theological disciplines in seminaries etc, and sometimes the attempt is to be pluralist in thinking all ways are equally legitimate.  Perhaps there is a proposed Syncretic approach, where multiple are encouraged to work together and emerge as a singular combined method. Or even the inclusive paradigm is proposed where “my way can include your way”. Rarely in academia today is one discipline allowed to emerge as the “queen of sciences”, the exclusive entry into all God-talk.

This is interesting because in theological studies, we are all currently encouraged to be quite “liberal” (if you get my use of the term… meaning interdisciplinary). But theologically (in terms of religions and various inter-religious dialogues) we (or at least many of us) are still urged to NOT be “liberal”.

I’m not suggesting one way or the other, nor am I saying that the exclusive, inclusive, plural approach is the legitimate taxonomy for inter-religious dialogue.

Rather, in the current academic context, it is just to simply note: isn’t this funny! :)

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