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Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Tom Clancy - Theologian, Anthropologist

I started writing on a Biblical view of global warming but that post has taken on a mind of its own and will be too long for this space; so I switched gears.
Tom Clancy has a take on the current state of Christianity.  How would you respond to what he says?
I have been reading through Clancy’s Ryanverse for the past several months.  In his book Teeth of the Tiger we read on 382 (somewhat redacted for language):
…He was able to download the Koran, and started reading it.  The holy book had forty-two suras, broken down into verses, just like his on Bible.  Of course, he rarely looked at it, much less read it, because as a (orientation removed) he expected the (clergy) to tell him about the important parts, letting him skip all the work of reading about who the _____ begat what the ______- maybe it had been interesting, and even fun. At the time, but not today, unless you were into genealogy, which wasn't a subject of dinner-table conversation in the Ryan family…
In my estimation Clancy has nailed the vast majority of people’s view of the Bible.
  • It is no longer relevant.
  • It is the domain of priests, clergy, and scholars.
  • It is not read
  • It is not discussed
  • I know what it says and it is like the other holy books that are out there
How do you respond to that?

2 comments:

  1. That he is spot on. I've shared my own struggles regarding "hearing God" with you, and I think perhaps the church could do a better job of helping each other do that. I enjoy the academic side of theology, but the lifeblood of faith is in the mystery of it - the relationship with El Shaddai. If we had that, the bible would be more relevant culturally.

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