What is the shape of the
biblical narrative?

              (A pre-critical question)
From the place where we are right
Flowers will never grow
In the spring.


The place where we are right
Is hard and trampl...
Eden                      Heaven



       Fall               Salvation


              History/
              The world
 ...
Platonic Ideal                  Platonic Ideal



        Fall                    Atonement,
                             ...
Pax Romana                 Pax Romana

                                  Civilization,
 Rebellion                       de...
Is there an
alternative
understanding?
sdrawkcab gnidaer
Rick Warren, Billy Graham, Charles Finney, John Wesley (or Calvin), Luther,
Aquinas, Augustine, Paul, Je...
Exodus: Liberation & Formation
Exodus: Liberation & Formation



Genesis: Creation and Reconciliation
Isaiah: Peaceable Kingdom - Justice and
                 Mercy



        Exodus: Liberation & Formation



Genesis: Creat...
G
e
n
       Isaiah: Peaceable Kingdom - Justice and
e
       Mercy
si
s




     Exodus: Liberation & Formation
Spiral dynamics

 Integral thinking

Emergent thinking
Coral: one with God
             __________
Turquoise: holistic, unifying
Yellow: integral, systemic, otherly
            ...
Coral: one with God
              __________
Ultraviolet: holistic, unifying
Violet: integral, systemic, otherly
         ...
Coral: Quest for theosis
              __________
Ultraviolet: Quest for sacredness
Violet: Quest for ubuntu (otherliness)...
Coral: Quest for theosis
             __________
Ultraviolet: Quest for sacredness
Violet: Quest for ubuntu (otherliness)
...
Coral: Quest for theosis
             __________
Ultraviolet: Quest for sacredness
Violet: Quest for ubuntu (otherliness)
...
Cultures may include two
 or more zones, but will
 have a center of gravity in
 one.
They may regress.
Development =

1.Differentiate/Transcend

2.Integrate/Include
If we don’t differentiate or
   transcend, we experience
   stagnation, fixation and
   stuckness.

If we don’t integrate ...
Coral: Quest for theosis
              __________
Ultraviolet: Quest for sacredness
Violet: Quest for ubuntu (otherliness)...
First tier zones think in terms
of right/wrong and good/evil.

Other zones are evil/wrong:
our zone is good/right.
Second tier zones think in terms of
appropriate and adequate.

Other zones are adequate for
their times and situations; we...
Think of climbing a ladder.
You gain a new and wider view from each
rung.

Your earlier view was not wrong - only
partial....
This approach is not absolutist.
It doesn’t claim one view is right and
previous (or later) ones are wrong.

Nor is it rel...
St. Paul seems to agree:

When I was a child, I spoke and thought
and reasoned like a child,
     But when I became an adu...
So faith, hope, and love abide, these
three;
       But the greatest of these is
       love.

I will show you the most ex...
Exercise:
Consider the following in light of the spiral
dynamics schema:         Coral: one with God
                     ...
Coral: one with God
              __________
Ultraviolet: holistic, unifying
Violet: integral, systemic, otherly
         ...
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    1. 1. What is the shape of the biblical narrative? (A pre-critical question)
    2. 2. From the place where we are right Flowers will never grow In the spring. The place where we are right Is hard and trampled Like a yard. But doubts and loves Dig up the world Like a mole, a plow. And a whisper will be heard in the place Where the ruined House once stood. Israeli poet Yehuda Amichai
    3. 3. Eden Heaven Fall Salvation History/ The world Hell
    4. 4. Platonic Ideal Platonic Ideal Fall Atonement, purification Into Aristotelian Aristotelian Real Real Hades
    5. 5. Pax Romana Pax Romana Civilization, Rebellion development, into colonialism barbarism Barbarian/ assimilation pagan world Destruction, defeat
    6. 6. Is there an alternative understanding?
    7. 7. sdrawkcab gnidaer Rick Warren, Billy Graham, Charles Finney, John Wesley (or Calvin), Luther, Aquinas, Augustine, Paul, Jesus reading forwards Adam, Abraham, Moses, David, Isaiah, John the Baptist, Jesus
    8. 8. Exodus: Liberation & Formation
    9. 9. Exodus: Liberation & Formation Genesis: Creation and Reconciliation
    10. 10. Isaiah: Peaceable Kingdom - Justice and Mercy Exodus: Liberation & Formation Genesis: Creation and Reconciliation
    11. 11. G e n Isaiah: Peaceable Kingdom - Justice and e Mercy si s Exodus: Liberation & Formation
    12. 12. Spiral dynamics Integral thinking Emergent thinking
    13. 13. Coral: one with God __________ Turquoise: holistic, unifying Yellow: integral, systemic, otherly __________ Green: pluralist, relativist, globalist Orange: individualist, rationalist, ideologue Blue: nationalist, rules, codes Red: feudal, power-oriented Purple: tribal, magical, animist Beige: survival, instinctual, “reptilian”
    14. 14. Coral: one with God __________ Ultraviolet: holistic, unifying Violet: integral, systemic, otherly __________ Indigo: pluralist, relativist, globalist Blue: individualist, rationalist, ideologue Green: nationalist, rules, codes Yellow: feudal, power-oriented Orange: tribal, magical, animist Red: survival, instinctual, “reptilian”
    15. 15. Coral: Quest for theosis __________ Ultraviolet: Quest for sacredness Violet: Quest for ubuntu (otherliness) __________ Indigo: Quest for honesty Blue: Quest for Individuality Green: Quest for Independence Yellow: Quest for power Orange: Quest for security Red: Quest for survival
    16. 16. Coral: Quest for theosis __________ Ultraviolet: Quest for sacredness Violet: Quest for ubuntu (otherliness) __________ 4 Indigo: Quest for honesty Blue: Quest for Individuality 3 Green: Quest for Independence Yellow: Quest for power 2 Orange: Quest for security Red: Quest for survival 1
    17. 17. Coral: Quest for theosis __________ Ultraviolet: Quest for sacredness Violet: Quest for ubuntu (otherliness) __________ Indigo: Quest for honesty Blue: Quest for Individuality Green: Quest for Independence Yellow: Quest for power Orange: Quest for security Red: Quest for survival
    18. 18. Cultures may include two or more zones, but will have a center of gravity in one. They may regress.
    19. 19. Development = 1.Differentiate/Transcend 2.Integrate/Include
    20. 20. If we don’t differentiate or transcend, we experience stagnation, fixation and stuckness. If we don’t integrate and include, we experience disassociation and a backward attack-focus.
    21. 21. Coral: Quest for theosis __________ Ultraviolet: Quest for sacredness Violet: Quest for ubuntu (otherliness) __________ Indigo: Quest for honesty Blue: Quest for Individuality Green: Quest for Independence Yellow: Quest for power Orange: Quest for security Red: Quest for survival
    22. 22. First tier zones think in terms of right/wrong and good/evil. Other zones are evil/wrong: our zone is good/right.
    23. 23. Second tier zones think in terms of appropriate and adequate. Other zones are adequate for their times and situations; we seek the zone that is appropriate for us here and now.
    24. 24. Think of climbing a ladder. You gain a new and wider view from each rung. Your earlier view was not wrong - only partial. Early zones truly describe the way the world looks to people at that vantage point. You couldn’t get to the higher rungs if it weren’t for the lower rungs.
    25. 25. This approach is not absolutist. It doesn’t claim one view is right and previous (or later) ones are wrong. Nor is it relativist. It doesn’t say that no views are truly right, but only think they are. It says all views are partial and that greater wholeness is better than lesser wholeness.
    26. 26. St. Paul seems to agree: When I was a child, I spoke and thought and reasoned like a child, But when I became an adult, I gave up childish ways. For now we see in a mirror dimly, But then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall understand fully, Even as I have been fully understood.
    27. 27. So faith, hope, and love abide, these three; But the greatest of these is love. I will show you the most excellent way. Follow the way of love. Amen.
    28. 28. Exercise: Consider the following in light of the spiral dynamics schema: Coral: one with God __________ Your life Ultraviolet: holistic, unifying Violet: integral, systemic, otherly Your church __________ Indigo: pluralist, relativist, globalist Your denomination Blue: individualist, rationalist, ideologue Green: nationalist, rules, codes Your nation Yellow: feudal, power-oriented Orange: tribal, magical, animist The world Red: survival, instinctual, “reptilian” Where is the center of gravity? Where are the points of tension? Where are breakthroughs happening?
    29. 29. Coral: one with God __________ Ultraviolet: holistic, unifying Violet: integral, systemic, otherly __________ Indigo: pluralist, relativist, globalist Blue: individualist, rationalist, ideologue Green: nationalist, rules, codes Yellow: feudal, power-oriented Orange: tribal, magical, animist Red: survival, instinctual, “reptilian”

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