Last week I listened to a scholar talk about the Gospel and Paul and what it all “really means.” I find him to be a bit wacky, but wacky gets attention.
His take is that the Church, meaning “you, you idiot,” have been warped by a “post-enlightenment mindset” causing you, you idiot, to miss the point of the Gospel and Paul.
What we need to do to truly understand Paul and the Gospel, is to go back to the first century Jewish mindset when these things were spoken. It is only by doing this that we can truly see what the Gospel means.
The main problem I have is that he too has been influenced by a post-enlightenment mindset, which quite frankly, is the basis for him deconstructing the Gospel and being the sole brain who has figured it out.
Furthermore, why is it that his understanding of the first century Jewish understanding should be my understanding? Was he there? Is he a first century Jew?
Seems to me, “what the Gospel really means from the first century Jewish mindset” are his words that actually mean what the Gospel means according to me. How can I verify his take with a first century Jewish mind? But I suppose the need for evidence is just another dark mark of post-enlightenment thinking. Shame on me.
Furthermore, the first century Jewish mindset rejected Christianity, that’s kind of the main point of Acts. Why is their mindset the best then?
Anyhow, soap boxes are fun. I’m irritated. Irritated soap boxes are more fun. Peace I leave with you.