The Second Naiveté: How to Take the Bible Seriously

Date(s) - 01/24/2015
9:00 am - 1:45 pm

Acton United Methodist Church


The Second Naiveté: How to Take the Bible Seriously
January 24, 9:00 a.m. to 1:45 p.m.
Acton United Methodist Church, Granbury

What kind of book is the Bible, and what does it really mean to take it seriously? This seminar will distinguish between taking scripture “literally” as an accurate historical report about things that happened long ago, and taking scripture seriously as poetic testimony to the reality of God. It will explore the question of the Bible’s complicated relationship to our modern notions of “fiction” and “history,” and argue that we should strive to develop what philosopher and theologian Paul Ricoeur has called a “second naiveté”—a disposition toward reading the Bible that fearlessly engages and learns from modern criticism, without giving up on the hope and the expectation that in scripture we may be addressed by a voice and a will not our own.

20150124L_PapeLance Pape, Granville and Erline Walker Assistant Professor of Homiletics, Brite Divinity School
Lance Pape holds the MDiv from Yale Divinity School (1994) and the PhD from Emory University (2010). He is the author of The Scandal of Having Something to Say: Ricoeur and the Possibility of Postliberal Preaching (2013). His research explores the way preaching takes place at the intersection between the stories we tell about ourselves and the stories about God in Scripture. His teaching focuses on helping students think carefully about how to take both kinds of stories seriously in order to give voice to new possibilities that are both faithful and seriously imaginable. An ordained minister for 19 years, Lance has served congregations in Texas, Alabama, and New York. He is married to the Rev. Dr. Katie Hays (Disciples of Christ), and they are the parents of two children.