A little response to William. I love your passion for the Bible, it is my favourite book and the one I read the most. I am not particularly feeling condemned just challenged with regards to how I live in and engage with this world. Fair trade, environmental awareness, where I buy my clothes, my stance on peace, and my rejection of certain right wing elements of church can all be argued biblically, but then I don't really like arguing, (small lie, I like a good fight, but not slagging matches)
You make a suggestion that emergent or PO-MO thinking is worshipping the intellect, mysticism and creativity. Which in turn I feel are biblical, not the worship there of, but the use of!
Just as we use the Bible to help draw us closer to our maker, I firmly believe that the intellect was given to us to help us understand Him. I think that modernistic thought has relegated the Bible to a formulaic book, that you can break down easily and use in an almost scientific way, I get annoyed when it is quoted to back up pre established positions. I think the church in the west has occasionally been guilty of worshipping The Father, Son and Holy Bible. The Spirit brings the bible alive and I believe the Bible is robust enough to cope with rigorous investigation and new thinking that can be brought out from it.
Creativity; well "In the beginning, God created...." It's in Him it's in us. Art helps me draw closer to Him, creative worship and services without your typical hymns and sermons are more than just post modern, they are a creative way of engaging with God. But then lets not relegate creativity to sermons, i have seen to many people get rid of chairs put in a few candles, have a DJ play, use visuals and then say "this is our post modern congregation". Same old modernistic approach to the outworking of church. An approach that I feel is better than some of what we do, but slightly missing the point. The majority of the church services I have attended in the last year have been Anglican and I really enjoy them: men in skirts, candles, icons, gold art work, strange wooden seating, wonderful colourful natural visuals from stain glassed windows, incense burning, public participation, all very creative. Creativity is in us, it's who we are.
I can worship God with paint sometimes better than I can worship him with my words..
I believe creativity will increase with in the church community as we look to creative ways of modelling community and engaging with the lost, for me we are only scratching the surface.
Mysticism: Well it's a mystery to me, I think the Greek Orthodox church could teach us a lot, and would like to read more on the whole subject.
William you may say I have missed the point of what you were trying to say, but thanks for spurring me on to think about this whole area more.
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