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malcolm chamberlain

musings about the emerging church, mission and contemporary culture...

God is at large, intimately involved in his world in ways that the church is maybe just waking up to!

mere mission...

Tuesday, January 09, 2007

For fear of looking like a Tom Wright groupie (see 'here' also), I love this...

"The Gnostic conspiracy theory says that orthodoxy hushed up the really exciting thing and promoted this boring sterile thing with Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. And of course there's a great lie underneath that. In the second and third centuries, the people being thrown to the lions and burned at the stake and sawed in two were not the ones reading Thomas and Judas and the Gospel of Philip and the Gospel of Mary. They were the ones reading Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. Because the empire is perfectly happy with Gnosticism. Gnosticism poses no threat to the empire. Whereas Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John do. It's the church's shame that in the last 200 years, the church has muzzled Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John and turned them into instruments of a controlling, sterile orthodoxy. But the texts themselves are explosive." (bold highlight mine)

It's taken from a Christianity Today interview with Tom Wright, in which he talks about his latest book Simply Christian, and how to present the Gospel in a post-modern world.

hat tip... Brother Maynard

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posted by Malcolm Chamberlain, 10:16 AM

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