Tuesday 22 October 2013

God reads me

"You are more than an ideology, whatever your convictions, and Shakespeare speaks to as much of you as you can bring to him. That is to say: Shakespeare reads you more fully than you can read him." 
That is literary critic Harold Bloom speaking about what Shakespeare can do to us. It sounds remarkably like what God can do to us through the biblical text. Paul L. Allen says that God reads or understands us more fully than we can understand God, and it's a wonderful insight. When we read the scriptures, it is God who reads us, far more fully than we read him. (Bloom, How to Read and Why [New York: Simon and Schuster, 2000) 28, cited in Allen,Theological Method: A Guide for the Perplexed [London / New York: T&T Clark International, 2012] 14.)

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