and required all of us to sign an agreement to “The Chicago
Statement on Biblical Inerrancy.”2 Inerrancy was a buzzword
being thrown around the world of evangelical Christianity
during this time. This 1978 statement created by a group of
conservative evangelical leaders addresses the authority of
scripture and was written in response to their perceived threat
of liberal theology. It was a type of litmus test to mark the “true
believers.”
I was already a bit suspicious of this fellowship leader,
because a female friend of mine who was slated to be the next
president of our Christian organization had been asked to step
aside due to her gender. This was uncomfortable for me, but
not a new concept since my own childhood church did not and
still does not allow women to hold most leadership roles. I
can’t remember if I signed the statement, but I am afraid I did.
I was a small group leader for a few years, and I am pretty sure
that would not have been allowed if I hadn’t put my signature
on that piece of paper.
At the same time, I moved down a path that became a
pursuit and passion for years to come. I began taking
psychology and religion classes, and to this day, I am working
to integrate these two disciplines into a healthy pursuit of
living. In religion classes, I was exposed to different ideas about
the Bible, how it was written and formed, and a putting on the
table of all things problematic to my inquisitive mind. I learned
I wasn’t the only one with faith questions and a desire to pursue
answers with both head and heart. In psychology courses, I
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