Nugget Christianity; Right, Yet Sinful

Here are a couple of passages from Miroslav Volf’s Against the Tide, along with my comments:

1.  Page 110: We need to resist the temptation to “package” religious wisdom in attractive and digestable “nuggets” that a person can take up and insert into some doomed project of striving to live a merely experientially satisfying life…From a Christian perspective, sharing religious wisdom makes sense only if that wisdom is allowed to counter the multiple manifestations of human self-absorption and to connect human beings with what ultimately matters—God, whom we should love with all our being, and neighbors, whom we should love as ourselves.

I don’t see what’s so wrong about packaging religious wisdom into digestable nuggets.  That’s what I like about visiting Catholic churches: they’re not overly intense.  I just hear a brief homily, which has stories and a lesson about trusting in God and being kind to people, and I go home.  Although I don’t read Daily Bread, it has the same sort of format: daily nuggets of inspiration about trusting in God and being nice.  I’m reading a book like that right now, a daily devotional through the Book of Proverbs.  It has a Scripture, a story, a lesson about the story, and a prayer—all on one page.  I especially think it’s beautiful when I hear people talk about how they read Daily Bread each morning with a friend, then briefly discuss what they read.  Nothing intense or over-the-top.  Just good ol’ nugget Christianity!

2.  Page 127: We often engaged in interpretive endeavors as self-enclosed communities at odds with one another; we interpreted scripture not just to bolster our own identity in the face of the other but also to put down the other, even to harm the other.  As a Christian, I have come to consider such interpretations of scripture sinful, even when they turn out to be factually correct?

What?  There are more important things than being right?   

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My name is James Pate. This blog is about my journey. I read books. I watch movies and TV shows. I go to church. I try to find meaning. And, when I can’t do that, I just talk about stuff that I find interesting. I have degrees in fields of religious studies. I have an M.Phil. in the History of Biblical Interpretation from Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati, Ohio. I also have an M.A. in Hebrew Bible from Jewish Theological Seminary, an M.Div. from Harvard Divinity School, and a B.A. from DePauw University.
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