Some Christians claim their belief system means they’re always right

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Is being right the point of Christianity?
James McGrath, in this post for the Christian Century Blogs Network, writes about the difficulty of having a discussion with some conservative Christians who constantly pull out Bible proof texts to show their view is the right view, the only truth, regardless of the topic being discussed.  He warns against playing that game with them. Thoughtful, progressive Christians know that “being right, having all the answers, is not what matters most.”  He calls the idea of inerrancy  “a highly toxic teaching.”  Why?  According to McGrath, “Inerrancy is really about being able to say ‘I know I’m right.’  An allegedly inerrant text, which one is confident one has interpreted correctly, allows one to avoid learning, to sidestep challenging conversations, and to practice an arrogance and pride that are ironically at odds with key teachings of that allegedly inerrant text.” James F. McGrath is an associate professor in the Religion and Philosophy Department at Butler University in Indianapolis.  His article is cross-posted on his Exploring Our Matrix blog on Patheos.

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Letha Dawson Scanzoni
Letha Dawson Scanzoni (1935-2024) was an independent scholar, writer, and editor, and the author or coauthor of nine books. In 1978, she and Virginia Ramey Mollenkott wrote Is the Homosexual My Neighbor?, one of the earliest books urging evangelical Christians to rethink their views on homosexuality (updated edition, 1994, HarperOne). More recently, Letha coauthored (with social psychologist David G. Myers) What God Has Joined Together: The Christian Case for Gay Marriage (HarperOne, 2005 and 2006). Another of Letha’s most well-known books is All We’re Meant to Be: Biblical Feminism for Today, coauthored with Nancy A. Hardesty (Word Books, 1974; revised edition, Abingdon, 1986; updated and expanded edition, Eerdmans, 1992). Letha served as editor of Christian Feminism Today in both its former print edition (EEWC Update) and its website for 19 years until her retirement in December 2013.


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