I am reading a book by Lydia Mcgrew at the moment called “The Mirror or the Mask”
I have to say that the issues she raises have me somewhat troubled. I mentioned in a previous post that I am currently floating on the edges of giving up my faith. One thing that I thought I could rest on as I re-assessed where I stand is Jesus’ words in the gospels. It seems that a number of evangelical scholars now think that some sayings (I am not worried about exact words) are just theological reflections of the authors using literary devices that the audience would have accepted. An example is the “I am” sayings - do we see these as theological reflections of John put into a narrative, or do we see these as things that Jesus said.
You can see a series of videos by Dr Licona responding to Lydia McGrew, as well as her responses to his videos at the following link:
She also has a good interview with Mike Winger at The Controversy Over "Literary Devices" in The Gospels with Dr. Lydia McGrew - YouTube
So, my question is really one for the theology nerds here; it does however have potential implications for the science / faith question if we call into question whether Jesus really did affirm the Genesis accounts in whatever fashion we think is more probable.
Question: How mainstream is the approach that Dr Licona takes - he gives the impression that it is the majority view now? Do you know of other resources that tackle this issue of literary devices from either side? He is joined by the likes of Craig Keener and Craig Evans to a certain extent so I need to buy and read their books, I purchased Dr Licona’s book as well as Richard Burridge’s “What are the Gospels”.
It strikes me that if we can pick and choose which bits are factual and which bits aren’t then I frankly have good reason to strongly question whether I really want to trust it.