As someone whose earliest years as a Christian were spent amongst conservative-minded Pentecostals and Evangelicals, it may be a surprise that one of the books that helped me learn to read the Bible in my early 20s is Marcus J. Borg's Reading the Bible Again: Taking the Bible Seriously, But Not Literally. This morning as a browsed through the contents of this book once again I noticed two propositions within the book that have stuck with me for a while now. The first being the idea that the Bible is a human response to God. Now, I think I make more room for the idea that the Bible is also a divine response to humanity than does Borg, but Borg's emphasis on the humanity of the Bible was very necessary for me back then, especially since I had been fed a view of the Bible that did little to account for it's earthly origins. As the Bible was presented to me the only natural question was, "Why not just drop this from the sky fully intact and canonized?"
The second propositions, which was reiterated by the Roman Catholic theologian Scott Hahn several years ago, is that the Bible is sacrament. Borg explains a sacrament as a place where we meet the divine. My first post of Kunst's book alluded to this idea as well. The Bible as "a place of encounter" may be my primary understanding of inspiration. I thank Borg, in part, for that idea.
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