Thinking Out Loud

November 20, 2013

Wednesday Link List

Times of Testing

If your work week runs Monday to Friday, by noon on Wednesday you’re ‘over the hump,’ but the Baptist in me still blushes when someone says, “Happy Hump Day!”  With that, I think we’d better quickly move on to the links which you’ll find at Out of Ur.

The Wednesday Link List is written by Paul Wilkinson who blogs the rest of the week at Thinking Out Loud and Christianity 201.  Professional stunt blogger. Do not attempt at home. Offer not valid in Wisconsin or Hawaii.

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  1. You’re doing Fred Clark a disservice if you think he’s ‘categorically dismissing’ the book of Jonah. I know from his previous writings that he holds that book in the highest regard. I’ve found his exegesis of it profoundly helpful, especially the parallels he draws between the story of Jonah and the story of the prodigal son.

    Comment by trevor — November 20, 2013 @ 1:54 pm

    • * “No, the book of Jonah cannot be read as history” (his title)
      * “That’s satire, kids. It’s pretty much the textbook example and definition of satire.”
      * “These are jokes people.”
      * “The book of Jonah, they say, is a historical account.”
      * “This book cannot be read as a history. The text itself will not allow that.”

      I rest my case.
      If he enjoys the “story” and finds it beneficial, then he is not ‘categorically dismissing’ it. But in an environment (even an Evangelical environment) where most of Genesis is being tossed on the scrap heap, it simply hurts to do that here, too. A century ago, the first rule of hermeneutics was, “Anything that can be taken literally should be taken literally.” That idea has been left in the dust.

      Was a man really swallowed by a great fish, survived three days, and was burped out onto dry land? I don’t know. It just hurts to see more and more of the Biblical narrative unraveling.

      Comment by paulthinkingoutloud — November 22, 2013 @ 3:37 pm

      • You are right in that he is categorically dismissing the book of Jonah as an historical account. But he is not categorically dismissing the book of Jonah.

        I’m sure the book can be approached from many different angles. But no one has helped me more than Fred Clark in grasping the underlying message of the book. Although I guess Phil Vischer came close. Archibald the Asparagus shouting “Come on – fire, brimstone – you choose!” pretty accurately captures how badly Jonah missed the point.

        Comment by trevor — November 22, 2013 @ 4:26 pm

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