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

Moltmann’s Biblical Hermeneutic and the Gay Debates

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I’ve shared here previously some of Moltmann’s comments about homosexuality and gay marriage from the Emergent Village Theological Conversation with Moltmann from 2009. I thought his comments were helpful just to illustrate where Moltmann stands on that subject (which calls into question the divisive nature of it in the American church). However, one thing you don’t get from that brief exchange is “how he got there” (i.e. coming to the conclusion that “homosexuality is neither a sin nor a crime”) in terms of his biblical hermeneutic and theological method. Below is another short clip with transcript* where Moltmann reflects on why simply quoting the Bible against LGBT people doesn’t cut it. It’s not exactly an extensive exegesis of the relevant passages (far from it!), but it does seem to give us a clue. For other excerpts that I’ve shared from the Moltmann-Emergent conversation, visit here

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