||[Jun. 21st, 2011|11:23 am]
I attended theological college in the 1970s- where I was taught that the old testament is unhistorical, the gospels utterly unreliable, the sayings of Jesus plagiarised and the whole Bible (though it wasn't put that way) a crazy patchwork of lies and forgeries. I was then expected to go out and preach from it as if I believed it was the Word of God.|
It did my head in.
When I became a witch I made a virtue out of there being no such thing as a Wiccan scripture.
The Gospel reading that precedes the sermon closes with the words- "This is the Gospel of Christ", not with "This is a story some unknown author made up a couple of generations after the supposed crucifixion of Jesus."
In the context of worship there is surely a presumption that the preacher will treat the text s/he is preaching on as divinely inspired.
Edited at 2011-06-22 08:18 am (UTC)
2011-06-22 09:51 am (UTC)
Yes, of course - but recognizing divine inspiration doesn't exclude examining the text for sources - which was why I asked whether you weren't taught anything about what the Fourth Gospel says about Genesis and the Word of God.
Also, now I think about it, it was long before 1970 that I was taught that - probably around 1958. Also, surely you were taught the meaning of Gospel?
That must have been a really weird theological college - did you never think about trying a different one?
Westcott House, Cambridge- 1973-76.
I forget what St John says about Genesis. It would be a kindness to remind me.
Gospel is old English and means God's word, right?