Küng and Moltmann on Conflicting Interpretations of the Bible and the Heart of Ecumenicism

The Gutenberg Bible, the first printed Bible. Image Source: Wikipedia
The Gutenberg Bible, the first printed Bible. Image Source: Wikipedia

 

Perhaps more than anything, the church is divided over varying approaches to the Bible. All Christians agree that the Bible is authoritative, but they don’t always agree on how that authority works, much less how to interpret each text. I recently discovered a book jointly edited by Jürgen Moltmann and Hans Küng on Biblical interpretation: Conflicting Ways of Interpreting the Bible.  I picked it up via interlibrary loan, and was pleased to find a concise and insightful treatment of the problem of conflict over the Bible and ecumenical concern on page 1, in the introduction by Moltmann/Küng. They argue that we shouldn’t see this conflict in a negative light only, but also as an opportunity for vital dialogue surrounding the Bible, which gets to the heart of what ecumenical efforts are all about. Continue reading Küng and Moltmann on Conflicting Interpretations of the Bible and the Heart of Ecumenicism