The Christian Bible is fundamentally a story. Writers, painters, sculptors, artists, and indeed, people of all walks of life live by the telling of their stories. Stories are the most basic mode of human communication. Thus it is vital to ask why Christians and above all Christian theologians so often fail to express their faith in terms of story. The vast majority of the Hebrew Scriptures, for example, consist of stories. Jesus proclaimed and taught about the Reign of God through stories and parables. At the heart of the Christian faith are stories, not concepts, propositions, or ideas.
Given the deep rootedness of the Christian faith in storytelling, this book seeks to address the fact that Christian theology has too often taken the form of concepts, ideas, and systems. This book is an attempt to speak of Christian faith and theology in stories rather than systems. Through stories, both biblical and non-biblical, this book shows how we might reimagine the task of Christian theology in the life of faith today. At its heart is the conviction that in the beginning there were stories and that, in the end and indeed, beyond the end, are stories, not texts, ideas, and concepts.
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About the Author
C. S. Song is Chair Professor of Theology at Yu Shan Theological Seminary and Chang Jong Christian University in Taiwan.
Table of Contents
1 In the Beginning Were Stories, Not Texts 1
2 Story Is the Matrix of Theology 18
3 Theology Rewrites Stories 34
4 Stories Rectify Theology 48
5 The Theological Power of Stories 64
6 In Search of Our Roots 79
7 Stories within a Story 95
8 Stories Are Culturally Distinctive 115
9 Stories Can Be Theologically Interactive 129
10 The Bible, Stories, and Theology 153