1. notleia says:

    Welp, isn’t this all as clear as mud. For as much as this might be intended to serve as a Article Zero or Article Point Five, it still feels a bit reductionist. To use the hats metaphor, we all know that we all wear many different hats, but I don’t feel the need to put a hierarchy on the hats, but ask what each hat might bring to the discussion. But I am admittedly a follower of the postmodernist school of reading where it’s all thrown in the pot and stirred until something falls out (and then you argue about what that thing is and what it means).

    Also I might argue that stories are not necessarily a deep-seated want in of themselves, that we have a deep-seated want for meaning, and we largely achieve that by means of the stories we tell ourselves.

    But also, mostly unrelated, there’s a lot to unpack in these little side bits about people trying to gain authority by the Teacher, or the Evangelist or the Author, and how that relates to an authoritarian culture, but that’s my psychological/sociological nerd hat talking.

    Also also: is “deconstruction” becoming a new negative buzz word, like “canceling”? Why? Admittedly I’m biased because I love deconstruction.

    Also PSSS: I think Dune is one of those books that has cool ideas but largely unlikeable characters so I can’t really give a rat about the plot.

  2. Thanks for listening!

    We are certainly approaching this from a biblical worldview. And Scripture does put a “hierarchy” on the hats when it says the first and greatest commandment is to love the Lord your God with all your heart, mind, soul, and strength. Neighbor-love commandments are second. By the way, this prioritization helps prevent some bad Christian habits like grabbing made-up traditions to try to impress people, and then acting as if that’s the heart of gospel faith when it’s really not.

    “Deconstruction” is indeed a buzzword. I give it about three more years of top-shelf life.

  3. David Alan Mock says:

    I found the article on TGC you recommended about J Mark Bertrand. It’s called “Christian Artists Tell the Truth About the World”. It’s from Sept 2016, by Phil Wade. Thank you for sending me to it!

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