I read this today, and it made me hungry for more.
I have no additional words; the text speaks clearly enough for itself. All I can say is I hope the faith I bank my life on and portray here and elsewhere is something far more than facts and data. What I believe and how I came to believe must be breathtaking. Or it isn’t worth the sharing and living of it.
“For centuries prior to our Modern Era, the church viewed the gospel as a Romance, a cosmic drama whose themes permeated our own stories and drew together all the random scenes in a redemptive wholeness. But our rationalistic approach to life, which has dominated Western culture for hundreds of years, has stripped us of that, leaving a faith that is barely more than mere fact-telling. Modern evangelicalism reads like an IRS 1040 form: It’s true, all the data is there, but it doesn’t take your breath away. As British theologian Alister McGrath warns, the Bible is not primarily a doctrinal sourcebook: ‘To reduce revelation to principles or concepts is to suppress the element of mystery, holiness and wonder to God’s self-disclosure. “First principles” may enlighten and inform; they do not force us to our knees in reverence and awe, as with Moses at the burning bush, or the disciples in the presence of the risen Christ.'” —The Sacred Romance, John Eldridge and Brent Curtis