Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Messing with a Good Thing

And the point, of course, in trying to frustrate doctrines such as "the perspicuity of Scripture" is not to distract us from Scripture. No sir, not at all. It is not to call our attention away from Scripture and redirect it toward popes and councils and divers and sundry theologically hip monographs. Quite the opposite, in fact. The point of bringing up things like this is to convince us of the infinite labor with which we must engage the text, to stir up in us a tireless passion to be led by the hand ("manuduced" if you will) into the text, along the text, and even against the text (that the text might confront, contradict, and conquer us). We must become conformed to the text, must be written by the text, must be revised in such a way that we confess and eat and drink the text. If this text, this Word of God, is that in which we move and live and have our being - it is the substance underlying every atom in our body - then to say that "Scripture is clear" must be something like saying that "molecular biology is clear."