Putting Aside Our Dichotomies

Les Henson

Many Western Christians living at the beginning of the twenty-first century have bought into a dichotomistic worldview that separates ‘facts’ from ‘values’ and the ‘public’ from the ‘private’. Fundamentalists shout very loud, but no one is listening when they asserted the factual inerrancy of Scripture and regarded Christian doctrine as absolute truth in an arrogant fashion. Liberals see theological symbols as religious experience, which they considered to be inward and personal. Yet, both fundamentalist and liberal are operating within the dichotomistic assumptions of a modern Western worldview. Thus, Jesus and Christianity are relegated to the world of the private and relativised as having no relevance to the real issues of life. As Christian people, we called to engage a post-everything world in a holistic fashion, which means that we must put aside all dichotomies, the fundamentalist-liberal dichotomy, as well and the facts-values and the public-private dichotomies.


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