Brian McLaren – Q3 – The God Question
Chapters 10, 11 – Group Questions
The author proposes that the Bible presents a trajectory of growth and maturity in human understanding of God in relation to God’s uniqueness, God’s ethics, God’s universality, God’s agency, and God’s character. Do you agree with this proposal, and why?
The author offers two analogies to understand the idea of an evolving understanding of God – math textbooks and a trip to the future. Restate these analogies, and respond to them.
Have you ever considered the Noah story as a story of global genocide? Respond to the idea of “trading up” understandings of God, as represented in the illustrations at the beginning of Chapter 11.
Talk about the four diagrams at the end of Chapter 11 and the different ways of reading the Bible they represent. Which approach best approximates the way(s) you have read the Bible in the past? How difficult would it be for you to shift to the way of reading the Bible advocated by the author – seeing Christ as the ultimate revelation of God, and the Bible as a witness to Christ? How difficult would it be for your church or domination to adopt this approach, and why?