Friday, June 24, 2005

An interview with Eugene Peterson

If intimacy means being open and honest and authentic, so I don't have veils, or I don't have to be defensive or in denial of who I am, that's wonderful. But in our culture, intimacy usually has sexual connotations, with some kind of completion. So I want intimacy because I want more out of life. Very seldom does it have the sense of sacrifice or giving or being vulnerable. Those are two different ways of being intimate. And in our American vocabulary intimacy usually has to do with getting something from the other. That just screws the whole thing up.

It's very dangerous to use the language of the culture to interpret the gospel. Our vocabulary has to be chastened and tested by revelation, by the Scriptures. We've got a pretty good vocabulary and syntax, and we'd better start paying attention to it because the way we grab words here and there to appeal to unbelievers is not very good.

The complete interview, Spirituality for All the Wrong Reasons, is from Christianity Today, March, 2005 and can be found here.

I found this interview through a link at Brandywine Books, a "news blog about books and book-related things with occasional diversions about coffee and tea." It's as good as it sounds; a great place to read and learn.

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