We’ve been discussion the relationship between Old Testament law and New Testament ethics. What we have discussed thus far is a sort of teaser, a taster, some initial sorts of sorties to help us loosen our grip on certain assumptions by bringing our attention to features of the biblical text that often get overlooked — overlooked especially in the heat of the rhetoric of the so-called culture wars. We yet have a way to go in gaining traction on a huge number of the relevant issues and questions and texts. So, again, you’ll need to be patient. The first two posts were:
In this post I’d like to attempt a few analogies that could help us move forward in our wide-ranging explorations on this very large subject. Imagine situations in our own day when one might assign certain practices for the service of certain ends, and not as ends in themselves. It may sound a bit paradoxical, but let me explain.