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subvervise syntax

A.K.A subversionary (a subversive revolutionary) language

This is good stuff on deconstruction from Tony Jones, shared at the church and postmodern culture. Not only do I think Jones is right on about deconstruction but also on his ideas about the Bible being more a book that fracks up our ideas than a book that solidifies them.

Here’s a taste, read the rest here.

Derridaian decontruction does not mean “to tear down” but “to break through.” As Jack Caputo writes in Deconstruction in a Nutshell, anyone with half-an-ear for the Jewish or Christian scriptures will recognize that “decontruction has a very messianic ring to it.”

I think this is a very important distinction to make as conversations continue regarding the direction and progression of Christianity both in the arena of orthodoxy and orthopraxy. There’s been lots of discussion going on lately examining Derridaian deconstruction and its role in Christian thought. I actually have very little understand of what that means outside of my limited recent reading so I don’t know if Jone’s interpretation of it is accurate but I can say that his assessment of the deconstruction going on in the postmodern Christian community context is pretty right on from my experiences.

I particularly appreciated this comment about the Bible:

I think the Bible is a f***ing scary book (pardon my French, but that’s the only way I know how to convey how strongly I feel about this). And I think that deconstruction is the only hermeneutical avenue that comes close to expressing the transgressive nature of our sacred text.

Well said Mr. Jones. Well said.

[tags]emergent, missional, postmodern, deconstruction, derrida[/tags]

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  1. Dan — March 27, 2007 #

    I love Derridra. There is a great documentary on him that I got off of Netflix. It was wonderous to watch such a smart man admit he hasn’t read all the books in his library, and then can’t find his keys.
    I think Deconstruction and Post-Foundationalism is a call back to faith and mystery. It is a humbeling of the church that went too far with believing that we could prove things that are metaphysical, and the belief we need to, these movements give intellectual crediability that we all live with basic assumptions and its ok to have those questioned. It isn’t scary, it is engaging with the Holy Spirit.
    At least I think it does, as far as a therapist can understand philosophy.

  2. Mak — March 27, 2007 #

    Dan, that’s how I feel about it too - thanks for the thoughts :)

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