A Little Glimpse Into My Spiritual Journey

Soo K Chang - Spiritual Journey
Soo K Chang – Spiritual Journey

Not long ago I have been invited by Professor Adrian Marinescu, who teaches Orthodox theology at the University in Munich, Germany, to contribute a short paper to an occasional issue of the the journal called Studii Teologice [Theological Studies], dedicated to the commemoration of twenty years since Fr. Dumitru Staniloae went to be with the Lord.

Prof. Marinescu suggested that I could write 3-5 pages about something like ‘how my mind has changed’ through interaction with Eastern Orthodox theology in general, and Staniloae’s theology in particular. Unfortunately, the relentless traveling that is part of my professional responsibilities made it impossible for me to write the requested paper. However, I am compensated by the fact that a postgraduate Romanian Orthodox student, doing his research on Staniloae’s theology at the University of Strasbourg, in France, will publish in this journal an academic review of my PhD thesis of Staniloae.

Also, for some time now, I have become a member of the Facebook group ‘Anglican Discussions: Respectful, Diverse, Orthodox’, at the invitation of my virtual friend Carson Clark (at a simple search you will find on this blog a number of links  to the interesting blog posts he writes quite often). I do not have a lot of time to interact there, but I do it from time to time, when members discuss issues that are not connected to the most troubled context of Anglicanism in the US). Continue reading “A Little Glimpse Into My Spiritual Journey”

Scripture’s Paradox: Extraordinarily Simple & Profoundly Complex (Miniblog #156) | Musings of a Hardlining Moderate

Scripture’s Paradox: Extraordinarily Simple & Profoundly Complex (Miniblog #156) | Musings of a Hardlining Moderate.

I agree with Carson. Again.
I recommend again on this theme the excellent book of Christian Smith called The Bible Made Impossible, the strongest indictment of biblicism that I know.

Defending Scripture. Literally. | Christianity Today | A Magazine of Evangelical Conviction

Defending Scripture. Literally. | Christianity Today | A Magazine of Evangelical Conviction.

Are you one of those Christians struggling with impossibility of biblical literalism, or the so-called ‘biblicism’? Then, I would say you could find this confession refreshingly sincere and vulnerable.

Here is the conclusion of the text:

‘We shouldn’t be surprised (or worried) that in his overtures to us God uses every kind of language available—straightforward (but culturally lensed) historical narrative, analogy, metaphor, parable, poetry, apocalyptic vision, and, hallelujah, the Word made flesh, Jesus. The best way to receive his Word is with the humble conviction that not only can we find what we’re looking for, it (he) will be more than we could hope for, imagine, or fully comprehend. That’s the best news there is.

Literally.’

Christian Smith on his Book ‘The Bible Made Impossible’

(I thank Scot McKnight for this link.)

Here is the link to Christian Smith’s book The Bible Made Impossible: Why Biblicism Is Not a Truly Evangelical Reading of Scripture.

You may watch below the other four parts of this video presentation.

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