The bible on postmodern surfaces

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This paper emerges from of my wrestling with a simple question: What is the place of the bible in the postmodern world? I face this question at the confluence of three postmodern currents: skepticism toward metanarratives, call to embrace heterogeneity, and drive to make sense of the displacement of, and our distanciation from, sites of meaning and identity. I argue that the bible has a place in the postmodern world (even if critics cannot agree on what it means) and call for storytelling as a way of facing the currents of postmodernity. Storytelling is one way of assuring that our narratives do not slip out of sight, and an effective way to interweave our narratives with those of others. Storytelling can therefore enable us to maintain Christian unity in faithful diversity.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEcumenical Directions in the United States Today
Subtitle of host publicationChurches on a Theological Journey
EditorsAntonios Kireopoulos, Juliana Mecera
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherPaulist Press
ISBN (Print)9780809147557
Publication statusPublished - 2012

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    Havea, J. (2012). The bible on postmodern surfaces. In A. Kireopoulos, & J. Mecera (Eds.), Ecumenical Directions in the United States Today: Churches on a Theological Journey (pp. 172-89). Paulist Press.