Quotes from "Subverting Global Myths"


This is some part that I take note of from my readings. It's taken from Vinoth Ramachandra's Subveting Global Myths, when he talk about myth of postcolonialism. Please take note that part of it is also a quote from Bishop N.T Wright as well (haha..)

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...Since Scripture invites us to see ourselves as living in the final (eschatological) act of the divine drama of redemption, we areat liberty, within that final act to create new scenes as we experience new contexts. However, the test of the credibility of such new scenes is whether they (1) are faithful to the overall story line and (2) further our obedience to the original vision of how the play will end. What we are not at liberty to do is to act as if the play starts with us. If we change the story line, import scenes from other plays or rewrite the ending, we have another play and not the Christian one.

Musical improvisation too provides an apt analogy for Scripture reading and the theological task, as expressed so well by the New Testament scholar Bishop T.B Wright:

As all musicians know, improvisation does not at all mean a free-for-all where "anything goes," but precisely a diciplined and careful listening to all the other voices around us, and a constant attention to the themes, rhythms and harmonies of the complete performance so far, the performance which we are now called to continue. At the same time, of course it invites us, while being fully obedient to the music so far, and fully attentive to the voices arounf us, to explore expressions, provided they will eventually lead to that ultimate resolution which appear in the New Testament as the goal, the full and complete new creation which was gloriously anticipated in Jesus' resurrection. The music so far, the voices around us, and the ultimate multi-part harmoby of God's new world: these, taken together, form the parameters for appropriate improvisation in the reading of scripture and the announcement and living out the gospel it contains. All Christians, all churches, are free to improvise their own variation designed to take the music forwards. No Christian, no church is free to play out of tune.

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I hope this small part of the book can be a blessing for all of us.

Let there be light!

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