One of the central points that Peter Rollins makes in “How (Not) To Speak Of God” is that part of believing in a God who is “beyond understanding” necessitates a degree of atheism in our theism. As we embrace a God who is, by nature, transcendent, we are forced to recognize that in order to maintain faith in an unfathomable God we must disbelieve in our concepts of God, to a certain extent.
I know that no matter how carefully, or even “biblically” (there’s that word again) I try to connect my theology, it is inevitable that there will be things I believe about God that are wrong. Is that a slight on the authority of the Bible as the primary revelation of the story and the character of God? Not at all. But this does represent a humility in how I understand my authority to speak for God, and a recognition that my ability to accurately interpret a text written in a foreign language, in a different era and drastically cultural setting is deeply limited.
So I’ll be taking a healthy dose of atheism with my beliefs. I want to understand how people who have a different interpretation of the bible came to believe what they believe. Because I know that I’m wrong. Often. Just not as often as you are.
(For more of my thoughts on this sort of thing, you might want to read “Biblical is a Stupid Word“)
Update: It seems similar themes are going on at Backyard Missionary