I’m currently reading Everyday Theology: How to Read Cultural Texts and Interpret Trends by Kevin Vanhoozer. I was struck by his description of a cultural text, especially its implications for ecclesiology:
cultural texts convey their propositions–their proposals about what it means to be human–not by offering explicit arguments but rather by displaying them in concrete forms. The world-of-text is often not demonstrated by logic but displayed in the products and practices that comprise our everyday life. (51)
What if we thought about the church and the gospel as a cultural text rather than a propositional argument?