Friday, March 19, 2004

floating labels

in response to theology police

liberal … evangelical
modernist terms to describe a
game played in a modernist field

… any takers for nancy murphy and beyond
foundationalism and a full
e~mmersion in a postmodern
pool where the old labels might well
wash away in the missiological
waters of incarnational

Posted by steve at 09:52 PM


  1. so how would you describe different kinds of theological thinking in non-modernist terms?

    Comment by maggi — March 20, 2004 @ 6:48 am

  2. Great question Maggi. I was thinking the same thing.

    Comment by Chris — March 20, 2004 @ 8:18 am

  3. hey Steve, I’m new to the discussion – but the idea of labels floating away is really a picture that I like and will hold on to for some of my contemplation.

    could you give me a primer on some of the terms you use. I will do a search on “nancy murphy and beyond foundationalism”, but being new to the discussion i really want the definitions of what “in the missiological waters of incarnational
    mission?” means to you. Any help would be really appreciated!

    Comment by Heidi — March 20, 2004 @ 9:27 am

  4. I like the picture too –

    I wonder if when our focus is more about who we are sent to and for as opposed ourselves, whether there is then a shift in significance and that is when rather than old labels being washed away, they find new significance in the “missiological waters of incarnational mission”


    Comment by Gordon — March 21, 2004 @ 12:55 am

  5. There is much to be learned from the power of naming. We name objects, not just to make it easier to identify them, but to separate them from other objects. This idea is not restricted to the physical realm either. Even mental concepts are named in order to separate them from each other. This process of separation, and in turn the use of language, is intrinsic to our operation and survival in the physical world. The only way to mend this separation is in the wholeness of silence. If we move beyond language, and into the serenity of silence, we move closer to the wholeness of God.

    Comment by Glen — March 21, 2004 @ 12:57 am

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