Trevor Hart on intratextual theology

We are drawn into the world of the [scriptural] text precisely as we are drawn into a relationship with its central character. As this happens, we find ourselves confronted by many of the same realities and experiences as are narrated in the text. Suddenly, sin, guilt, grace, reconciliation, the power of God’s spirit, the risen Christ and so on are not mere elements in a narrative world, but constituent parts of our own world, players and factors to be taken into consideration in our daily living and our attempts to make sense of our own situation.

from Faith Thinking: The Dynamics of Christian Theology, (InterVarsity Press, 1991), 161.

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