Friday, July 17, 2009

A quote from N. T. Wright

I heard Bishop N. T. Wright make this statement about doctrines

"Doctrines often function as portable stories..." 

Doctrines are important but they don't tell us the whole story. They function as portable stories which we unpack from our suitcase (some of these ideas are expressions of stuff Wright said) that tells fragments of the whole. In the way Scot McKnight would explain it 'wiki-stories'. They are condensed 'statements' that compliment the whole. 


Sze Zeng said...

I think that's pretty brilliant way of picturing doctrines. Portable stories..

Tremonti said...

Yes, truly! Putting it that way, doctrines as portable stories, eradicates the notion of making doctrine the authoritative leverage as the bible.

Hopeful Theo

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