Well, that is my problem… (I mean that as a reality) as I read the article again, (actually I think it was a lecture) I am once again overwhelmed by the sheer amount of verbiage that seems to say little. There are points within the text that resonate with me, but once again, I am having a hard time keeping a focus as I read it. I have always thought that I may be a tad dyslexic, or maybe have a attention disorder.
Maybe we could attack this in another way. Why don’t you explain to me in your words, what you think biblical authority represents and to whom.
My position is that for the most part, the bible, is historical… a story about God and His people. Yes, it has serious ramifications on all of humanity but just for me, the whole narrative (and by default the authority structure) needs to be approached from a different angle than the evangelicals have approached it. Wright does touch on that.
So the original Idea (OP) of someone reading Paul or Peters words from 2000 years ago and trying to shoehorn their meanings into a current context is crazy insane. To be honest it would totally wipe out the idea of a representative republic, which America is supposed to be, and you and I live in today.
I’ll ask one last question, if there is any smidgen of validity to the idea of submitting to your government and it’s leaders, which style of government is it talking about? China, USA, Russia, Cuba, UK, Middle eastern… does it call for us to follow if we are Christian and live in a predominantly Muslim country?
This will obviously bring on a few questions