Monday, November 08, 2010

Scripture and society

What role should the Bible have in society?

Because I came to faith as a young adult, I tend to look at questions like this one from the perspective of an outsider to the Christian tradition. In other words, I try to remember that those with whom I share this world do not necessarily share my beliefs, and I look for their viewpoint to be represented and respected.

Gabe Lyons of Q hosts a thoughtful panel discussion on this issue with four people of very different backgrounds.

Panelists discussing the Bible's role in society (clockwise from upper left):
Dr. Dempsey Rosales-Acosta, Dr. Alister McGrath, Dr. Tim Keller, Pastor Brian McLaren
The video's summary/promo reads:
Interpreting the Bible has become a divisive issue for some and little more than sport for others. Some want to talk about the “authority” of Scripture. They’re asking questions like, “How is the Bible authoritative in our lives today?” Others are wondering if the word “inerrancy” is making a comeback. Is it? Or is the term only useful for theological debates, to separate those who are “in” and those who are “out”? How then should we interpret the Bible as God’s word for our culture today?
Panel guests represent a broad range of perspectives, and include theologian/author Alister McGrath, pastor Tim Keller, author/activist Brian McLaren, and scholar/pastor Dempsey Rosales-Acosta.

The video is well worth watching, but if you'd prefer to read a transcript, Tim Schraeder provides that, along with bio information on the panelists, here.



  1. Adam and I really appreciate the provocative and challenging aspects of Q Society Room. Gabe Lyons seems like a pretty solid guy.

  2. This was my first experience with this site -- I really appreciated how this panel was done, and how varied backgrounds and views were respected and allowed to participate.


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