We should maintain that if an interpretation of any word in any religion leads to disharmony and does not positively further the welfare of the many, then such an interpretation is to be regarded as wrong; that is, against the will of God, or as the working of Satan or Mara.

Buddhadasa Bikkhu, a Thai Buddhist Monk

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Following Up On Mark

Two days ago, I announced a new member of the Rom Phra Khun family, Rom Phra Khun Bible and moved the long series of postings on the Gospel of Mark there.  It turns out that only one of you (out of an average of 30-50 readers a day) followed the series of reflections on Mark to its new home.  Very clearly, I have failed to communicate the importance of such exercises as that series for the church in the early 21st century.  One of the things we must do in the 21st century is to discover new ways of looking at scripture.  If we don't, the church will become an increasingly isolated right wing religious sect out of touch with contemporary society and its needs—out of touch with reality, actually.  For us as Protestants, re-engaging with the Bible in ways that make sense is one key way of rediscovering the significance of our faith in the new ages that are going to come tumbling down on the human race at an ever-accelerating rate.  The Mark series of postings grappling with the historical and theological nature of that book are one very humble attempt to reengage with scripture.

So, let me invite you, patient RPK readers, to give Rom Phra Khun Bible a look and, from time to time, check on the progress of the Gospel of Mark postings.  They have a purpose.  Thanks.  Herb