My Theological Journey- Rod


T C Robinson & Diglot have posted on their spiritual/theological journeys the past few years. I got the inspiration to give a summary of my own, the past six years

*From de facto pre-millenial dispensationalist (de facto as in unaware of biblical exegesis) to Post-millenial theology of hope (thank you, Jurgen Moltmann).

*From hyper-Arminian to 4-point Calvinistic Barthian to Open Theist trinitarian theology.

* From an epistemological stand point, I was moderately pro-modernity/Enlighten/anti-postmodernism to slightly post-modern/communitarian to now doctrinaire post-colonial (has a nice ring to it, eh?) ๐Ÿ™‚

*From a politics that I would say that sat in the moderate/centrist pro-life Clintonian (Bill) Democrat with a preference for multi-lateralism in foreign policy to now an outspoken left of center libertarian, whose views fit somewhere in the neighborhood of your resident P.U.M.A. and the Republican Liberty Caucus.ย  Foreign policy wise, I tend to favor the loudest voices who are anti-war.

* In terms of readings of Scripture, I would say back then, i would claim to read the inerrant word “literally” to transitioning to the emerging narrative reading of the biblical text to now rejecting both models in favor of historical-criticism, including quests for the historical Jesus and Paul, while reading the canon as multi-narrative, as well as affirming Scripture as uniquely and fully-trustworthy.

*Lastly, and I think this one is most important: from being a self-proclaimed egalitarian to actually reading, listening to, and engagingย  religious texts by women. I think it is so important to do so, and it really has changed me and the way I understand the faith, especially with regards to womanist theology and ethics.

I think theologically, I did not have to overcome any of the evangelical baggage that many so-called liberals, post-liberals, and emerging Christans go through simply because (and I had a hard time accepting this), that my tradition was simply not welcome in evangelical circles. So, I only learned about God’s “immutability” and “impassibility” when I got to college. However, I had never had to affirm those two doctrines, and I refuse to anyhow. Jesus reveals Godself to be the Suffering/self-denying God of creation and the cross, and I see these labels as a direct contradiction to this revelation.ย  Also, I did not even know of the inerrancy debates or the Chicago Statement on Inerrancy until much later, and so I do reject the terms in which the debates have taken place, for those concerns are not my concerns at all, but rather the interests of a powerful and elite interest group.ย  What’s exactly the point in banning redaction criticism again?


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0 thoughts on “My Theological Journey- Rod

    1. Rod of Alexandria Post author

      I see a-millenialism as quite frightening, ecclessiologically, at least. Most a-millenials I know believe in that the church is the kingdom of God, and I won’t buy that.

  1. Brian LePort

    Enjoyed reading this Rod. I appreciate your humility in being willing to engage these subjects and go where you feel the truth leads! May you continue to be a thorn in the side of the comfortable establishment. ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Rod of Alexandria Post author

      “May you continue to be a thorn in the side of the comfortable establishment.”

      So say we all!

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        1. Rod of Alexandria Post author

          Yes, Pinnock is great theologian and exegete. His mind was awesome and a gift from God. No matter what his opponents say.

        2. Amanda

          Agree. Read Pinnock. Probably the two best books to get a feel for O.T. are Pinnock’s “Most Moved Mover”, and “The Openess of God” with essays by Pinnock, Rice, Sanders et al.

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