An obsession with creation vs evolution has caused large parts of the Church to miss the true message of the creation story, says a prominent Christian leader. “In fact”, he explains, “here we are in the 21st century and most of the world has still not come to terms with Genesis’ radical message of inclusion and equality.”
The way we interpret the Bible is driving down church attendance, says Steve in this week’s ‘Chalke Talk.’
“Moses, a late bronze-age thinker, puts late bronze-age words into God’s mouth,” says Steve Chalke in the latest edition of Chalke Talk. “And the problem is that some of them stuck.”
Some Christians, often with passion and pride, argue that the Bible does not need to be interpreted. Every word – every syllable – can be applied without thought and interpretation. This, Steve argues in the latest addition of Chalke Talk, is nonsense.
Many Christians, Steve argues, are in the habit of picking and choosing which bits of the Bible to believe. If a part of it is uncomfortable, we tend to gloss over it.
The church needs heretics and Jesus himself was seen as one, argues Steve in the 4th instalment of the Chalke Talk video series.
“Bad theology costs lives” argues Steve in the third instalment of ‘Chalke Talk.’ From Luther and his persecution of the Jews, to the Church’s relatively recent poor treatment of unmarried mothers and divorced people, misunderstanding Scripture can lead to mental and physical wellbeing being seriously undermined.
Luther asked the questions that the 16th century Church really needed to grapple with – and because of his courage the world changed forever. But none of this means that he didn’t make mistakes. Did his ‘two Kingdoms theology’ – which called for separation between Church and state lead to a world where Christians started to turn a blind eye to secular evil? Could this even have shaped a German Church which ailed to speak out against Nazism in the 1930s?