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on May 25, 2013
Dale Martin asks important questions about how we bring religious tradition into the Information Economy. He uses classical questions about the role of exegesis and eisegesis, historical and cultural "Truth" analysis, and retains an explicit and inclusive Christian focus. This in itself is surprising in that Professor Martin, teaching in Religious Studies at Yale, is not professionally constrained to these more traditional perspectives that might be more expected from a person with his credentials teaching in a seminary, or in a Christian college. As he moves from a comprehensive analysis, that sweeps in metaphysical philosophy as well as theology of scripture and....theology, he moves toward the contemporary question of how we might approach training today's generation of teachers/mentors for our theological, scriptural, and religious future, our young adults, and their children.
As a species, we are still asking the same metaphysical and theological questions that have plagued us throughout our linguistic history. In the Information Age, with unprecedented access to global information and thought systems, there is a cultural shift away from concerns with orthodoxy and the constraint of confining the word "scripture," and the theological concepts that have emerged out of sectarian scripture, to the Bible. What is intriguing about listening in on what sometimes reads like an internal conversation with himself, is that D. B. Martin appreciates the value of what he might call "liberal Christianity." These are values that are not only professional, but personal. For most anyone else, that is the end of the questioning story. However, in "Pedagogy of the Bible," Martin encourages us to consider the further possibility that the broadening value of Christian logos does not exclude the continuing value of more conservative approaches to scripture and theology. That is, it is the conversation between tradition as "Christian Received View" and tradition as the emerging voice of God's truth in the world that will ideally pervade culture, and invade history in the making.
Professor Martin is currently wrestling with the Proposal presented here as he moves to a more theologically based demonstration of what we might say about Christianity that speaks as inclusively as possible to the richly diverse Christian Church of tomorrow. Based on "Pedagogy," Martin's continuing journey is definitely worth "Following", in the LinkedIn and Facebook, and more traditional meanings of that word.