Blind spots

Eugene Boring and Fred Craddock have endeavored to remake Barton Warren Johnson’s The People’s New Testament with Notes, a classic of the Disciples of Christ movement, for today’s church. The Disciples movement began with a protest initiated by Thomas Campbell in the early 19th century. Campbell’s core claim was that if the followers of Christ would go back to the Bible and the earliest vision of the church, especially as it appears in Acts and Paul’s letters, there would be a blessed unity among Christians. Boring and Craddock’s confident, plain-sense phrasing, their use of intratextual interpretation, and their openness and nondogmatic spirit stem from this denominational or, perhaps better said, restorationist ideology. The underlying premise is that if we just get out of the way, the Christian church will be happier and healthier, made whole by reading the New Testament and restored by its ancient kerygma.

 

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