Theology and the Sunday congregation
Hilary made this brief comment on my post about Jesus and the woman caught in adultery. Since it raises an important question that is only tangential to the original post, I’ve relocated it in the hope that it will spark some discussion about the place of (critical?) theology in ordinary church life.
I’d like to pick up on this comment – what assumptions do we make about the average sunday congregation? Have they all read Hitchens et al, and are concerned about the authenticity of passages of Scripture? Or is discussing issues such as this in this context introducing doubts where there were none? Maybe it’s right anyway to make people aware of recent biblical scholarship?
My hunch is that the only people interested in such literary questions are theologians…