The Bible bears the marks of the messiness of the diverse human drama. Christian theology, if it wishes to be compelling and speak into people’s lives, needs to incorporate that fact, not shy away from it.
Nature of the Bible
We honor tradition best when we take seriously the sacred responsibility for shaping it.
The issue is not so much about “balancing” theology with history or vice-verse, but acknowledging the tension and letting that tension inform and fuel our spiritual engagement of the Bible.
The recurring unrest with conservative readings of scripture from within conservative circles suggests that the paradigm is flawed.
Any notion of, say, inspiration or revelation that seeks to gain traction cannot be formulated in blissful isolation from or in antagonism toward these 5 point. The ship has sailed, the horse is out of the barn, cats are beyond herding, worms are out of the can—pick your metaphor.