Revelation and Tradition

I’ve been reading James K. Smith’s book, and am loving it! I highly recommend it to anyone who’s interested in questions of postmodernity and the church; it is now on my convergent Friends required list.

Anyways here’s a quote that really got to me:

If Christian theology should proceed from the primacy of God’s revelation in Christ and Scripture, then Christian practices of worship and discipleship should do the same. Our understanding of what it means to be the church must be shaped by the priority of revelation and the Christian tradition, not what (even) a postmodern culture needs or is looking for. A radically orthodox church practice will refuse the correlational idol of relevance without giving up the central impetus of hospitality.

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Wess the William R. Rogers Director of Friends Center and Quaker Studies at Guilford College in Greensboro, NC. Wess has a Ph.D. in Intercultural Studies from Fuller Theological Seminary, served as a "released minister" at Camas Friends Church, and is the father of three. He enjoys sketchnoting, sharing conversation over coffee with friends, listening to vinyl and writing creative nonfiction.