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Kevin Vanhoozer on Hermeneutics & Culture

Performing the story of Jesus leads to an interpretive practice that challenges the predominant cultural trend. The story of Jesus is one of humiliation and exaltation, in that order. Hearing and doing the story of Jesus produces a style of life characterized by humility, service and love… The church should be the model for the right use of human freedom; the church should be the civilized society par excellence. The community of believers represents a prophetic counterculture that challenges the gods and myths of the day with regard to which world and life view best fulfills humanity. The church’s challenge will only be as strong as its expression of the biblical world and life view. Again, this is not only a matter of correct doctrine but also a matter of faithful biblical performance. The church must be the cultural
incarnation of the story of God in Christ.

Kevin Vanhoozer, First Theology: God, Scripture, & Hermeneutics, 333-334.


  1. Greg wrote:

    Interesting. I too live in community, but a long ways from Portland, although I spent some years in Gresham. Thanks for this from Vanhoozer. He seems to be doing admirable work and it’s hard to keep up reading as fast as he’s writing. Drama of Doctrine moves the notion of biblical performance ahead and is worth the time and effort.

    I also appreciated your review of Hart’s book on Amazon.

    Friday, March 30, 2007 at 4:37 pm | Permalink
  2. Halden wrote:

    Hello, Greg! What community are you a part of? Also, I have a pretty long review of that book by Vanhoozer on Amazon as well, if you’re interested. Vanhoozer is a good theologian and a great fellow. I try to meet with him every year at AAR/SBL.

    Friday, March 30, 2007 at 4:40 pm | Permalink
  3. Greg wrote:

    For over two decades I have been living and teaching in the L’Abri community located in a tiny French speaking village in the Swiss alps. I’ll check your review of Kevin’s book on Amazon. Thanks for mentioning it. I also wrote a review for this book a while back for Asbury. Kevin and I are in e-mail contact and met up in the Chicago area once upon a time. We both did our doctoral work on Paul Ricoeur so we have that, amongst other things, in common.

    Friday, March 30, 2007 at 7:05 pm | Permalink

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