Editor's Note: Covenant aspires to be a forum for substantive theological reflection within and for the Church. The following essays, which respond in various ways to Ephraim Radner's article, "Should We Live-S... Read More...
Radner's book on figural exegesis is a gift to the Church, and warrants serious, sustained attention by pastors and scholars alike.
We have been encouraged in the modern, post-transition age to lose a sense of narrative in our humanity.
I am in an outpost of a broken church.
We never read apart from our experience of the rest of life. My own reading of A Brutal Unity was overshadowed by an exciting but overwhelming task whose discharging lay just on the other side of the Covenant retreat in La Porte.
The whole notion, which shows up with dogmatic insistency in A Brutal Unity, that conscience is something that can and should be sacrificed will appear to many Christians as an incomprehensible foreign intrusion into what we take to be the very essence of Christian existence.
The Covenant Seminar was just what I needed. Of course, the fellowship was delightful: to form new bonds of friendship and renew old ones is a valuable thing in itself. The beautiful setting, reverent worship, and time away from my parish all worked their medicinal effects.
Of all the delights in the day-to-day work of the Living Church Foundation, the greatest may be the opportunity we have to encourage and give voice to young leaders in the Church, and to be challenged and refreshed by them in turn.