Are we living Christianity, or just studying it?

Image © iStockPhotoFlashing lights and buzzers go off inside my head whenever I see the name, Søren Kierkegaard. It’s part of my fundamentalist training that instinctively and quickly manifests itself like Jason Bourne’s martial arts skills in The Bourne Identity. In the early eighties when I began my seminary training there were two opposing factions: the inerrantists (aka “orthodox” Christians) and everyone else, sometimes referred to as neo-orthodox or liberal. Barth or Kierkegaard or Bruner or Bultmann were dangerous to read, we were told in seminary, unless you were studying them as a PhD candidate bent on waging war with their heretical doctrines for the sake of the kingdom. Continue reading