saw this on jeff greathouse’s blog…
The rules are:
1. Grab the nearest book.
2. Open the book to page 123.
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4. Post the text of the next four sentences on your blog, along with these instructions.
5. Don’t you dare dig for that “cool” or “intellectual” book in your closet! I know you were thinking about it! Just pick up whatever is closest!
sitting here in my hotel room in charlotte, about to pack up and fly to grand rapids, having just finished a completely non-vegan and non-low-fat comfort lunch of room-service-delivered cheeseburger and fries with a.1. sauce, the book closest to my computer is scot mcknight’s newest, the real mary: why evangelical christians can embrace the mother of jesus. he kindly sent me a pre-release copy, and i haven’t gotten around to reading it yet. so i brought it with me as advent reading (but haven’t begun yet!).
page 123, 5th – 8th sentences…
in essence, the argument is this: as eve disobeyed, so mary obeyed. as eve’s sin led to the unmaking of others, so mary’s choice not to sin led to the remaking of others. accordingly, as adam disobeyed, so jesus obeyed. thus: if there is a second adam (christ), there is also a second eve (mary). again, for some evangelicals this is tantamount to blasphemy, for it virtually places mary alongside jesus in the redemptive work of god. however grating such an idea might be, the analogy was made within a century of jesus, and it has shaped roman catholic theology.
ok, i included more than 4 sentences. seemed like i should just finish the paragraph. and, wow, talk about the potential to take a few sentences out of context! i have NO idea what point mcknight is making here — but i’m that much more interested in reading the book now.