Liturgical View of Scripture: Conclusion

For the introduction to this series, go here.

What is the point of all this? Maybe it is this. Have you ever wondered why it is only modern “protestant types” (liberal and evangelical: really two sides of the same coin, in that they both reject all of the above) who get all hot & bothered over biblical “contradictions?” It is not a coincidence.

“Catholic types” (read: historical traditions who have always known that Scripture is a time bound practice in the bosom of the church) don’t really get too hung up about it, and for good reason.

Another way of saying all of this is that Scripture is mediated through the church and her liturgy. And if that is the case, then the messy details which might seem like an outsider to be earth shattering differences, are in fact part of a larger conversation and development.

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Protestants reject what????

David,

I am saying that “modern ‘protestant types'” (both liberal and evangelical, in the modern sense of the latter) reject the elements of “a liturgical approach to Scripture” mentioned in the prior posts of this series, things such as: giving the communion of saints a real role in our understanding of Scripture; seeing the analogy of time which exists between our reading of Scripture and the narrative of Scripture; that the Scriptures find their context in the liturgy; that Scripture itself relativizes itself by positing tradition as a source of teaching.

Well its not exactly news that evangelicals don’t give place to historic and catholic liturgy *at all*, much less to an understanding of Scripture as a gift from God in that context. I am not familiar with ways that those you call liberals may do the same, excpet perhaps in the sense that while ‘hearing’ the Scripture in the liturgy, they don’t think they’re hearing God’s voice, God’s Spirit speaking in the Scriptures to them and the community.

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