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Scripture as story: one narrative or many ?,
This review is from: Scripture and the Authority of God (Paperback)
I found much to appreciate in this recent and very readable offering from Tom Wright, but was ultimately left somewhat disappointed. I initially found attractive his notion of the authority of Scripture as being situated within, and therefore part of, the broader story of God's dealing with humankind. However, it becomes increasingly apparent through the book that this story - or at least Wright's perspective on it - is quite a narrow one: what starts off looking like a postmodern attempt to throw off the modernist clothing of an 'it's-either-true-or-it's-not' approach ends up being just as much of a narrative straitjacket as what it seeks to replace. Nowhere is this more apparent than when the author is dealing with early 'challenges' (a framing which is in itself instructive), such as the interpretations of Marcion and the so-called 'gnostics' as they attempt to engage with Scripture. A growing body of scholarship places at least parts of these stories, too, within the broad story of early Christianity. I take the point of Wright's well-made and timely pleas for greater engagement with Scripture. At the same time, I couldn't help feeling that weaving in more of the strands would have made for a richer, fairer and more honest account that would do justice to the sheer narrative diversity of Christian experience of Scripture.