In today’s episode, we answer a reader question from Tumblr regarding ways to talk about the Bible as communicative of revelation. This person also asks, “Or are the scriptures only inspired in a relativized sense alongside great works of literature, poetry, etc ?”
We then queer the text from Psalm that perfectly ties to the Tumblr question. Stay tuned to know what we think about this poem and how this text was written to and about the divine. Moreover, we realize that this poem resembles closely to the work that we do as we light the path for others.
Things we talked about:
- Hamilton and Fr. Shay’s upcoming trip [0:56]
- Brian’s birthday plans [1:53]
- Reader question on Tumblr [5:00]
- Is the Bible uniquely authoritative? [7:17]
- How literature, poetry, and experiences can help us understand the Bible and the divine better [12:43]
- The false dichotomy [14:40]
- We queer the lectionary text from Psalm 119:105-112 [16:43]
- This text was written to and about the divine [18:45]
- The Bible as an infallible word of God? [19:20]
- Illuminate the path to realize our inherent goodness [21:22]
Mentioned in this episode
- Free online workshop on how to read the Bible coming soon. Stay in the loop: queertheology.com/howtoreadthebible
- Sanctuary Collective
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Your word is a lamp before my feet
and a light for my journey.
I have sworn, and I fully mean it:
I will keep your righteous rules.
I have been suffering so much—
Lord, make me live again according to your promise.
Please, Lord, accept my spontaneous gifts of praise.
Teach me your rules!
Though my life is constantly in danger,
I won’t forget your Instruction.
Though the wicked have set a trap for me,
I won’t stray from your precepts.
Your laws are my possession forever
because they are my heart’s joy.
I have decided to keep your statutes forever, every last one.
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