A Critical and Relevant Faith

James McGrath blogs on a book by C. Drew Smith, Reframing a Relevant Faith:

Critically thinking about the faith is not equivalent to criticizing the faith, as some may think, although that may be part of critical thinking.  Rather, thinking critically about the faith is to continue to ask questions, to inquire about the history of the faith, its present relevancy, and its future hopes.  It is also to admit its flaws and weaknesses with honesty and transparency.

The popular idea that God wrote the Bible for me needs to be stamped out.

That second one especially — I can’t agree more.  Yes, scripture speaks to us today, but if we ignore the very different cultural backgrounds of the humans who wrote it down and edited it, we miss a lot of its meaning.



One thought on “A Critical and Relevant Faith

  1. Robin Zamini

    I couldn’t agree with you more, especially on the second comment. The Bible’s value as a spiritual tool is devalued by many simply because of the context in which it is introduced. If more people were introduced to it as an opportunity to gain wisdoms and spiritual guidance, much like the American is introduced to non-Christian spiritual writings, it would have more credibility and less stigma when deciding to venture into it’s pages. I believe in part it is a very beautiful book, with a lot of man’s wisdoms that should be shared across all cultures. It makes me sick to think people will turn away from it based on their feelings of organized religion or Christianity. I myself have found many wisdoms and thought provoking text in that book.


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