THE (TRANS)FORMATIVE POTENTIAL OF THE BIBLE AS RESOURCE FOR CHRISTIAN ETHOS AND ETHICS

Elna Mouton

Abstract


Many Christians worldwide are currently rediscovering the power of Scripture for
their practical lives. The essay argues that the transformative potential of these
writings (their continuing authority and relevance in changing times and
circumstances) lies in their ability to disclose an alternative moral world, a
radically new perspective on reality, a new way of living in the world. Though
embedded within patriarchal value systems, the intended rhetorical functions of
these documents imply major shifts in the orientation (vision of humanity) and
language of their readers. How is this accomplished? With the continual reference
to the metaphorical 'world' of the Judaeo-Christian story, they emphasise collective
memory as a major recycling strategy toward the development of the faith
communities' moral identity and ethos, with healing and wholeness as major
substance of their present and future hope. Through liturgy, where the vision of
God's presence in the world isformed and nurtured (via the persuasive strategies of
identification, alienation and reorientation), Scripture continues to invite
contemporary Christian believers to re-imagine and redefine their identity, and (to
faithfully choose) to grow toward the full body of Christ - i.e. beyond all limited
and stereotypical views of humanity. In a co-operative shared work, Spirit, texts
and readers thus engage in a transformingprocess (l1ziselton).

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.7833/62-0-620

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