Observations of Theology Only
February 5, 15
I really don’ t need to start with any order in the books I have read but clearly the lady from London in Spirit in the Cities really got my attention. She observes culture in a way to me that is demeaning and uppity. I lived in the places she has observed and it’s a real trip to hear how a person observes it as a writer. That’s why real research is in the field not from a commuter bus. Number one black people and Mexican people in Los Angeles are not as poor as she depicts them. They are really middle class and have more status than what she observes from her bus. And many of them are not struggling and trying to get a job at USC. Many of them have their own businesses and are not rich but not poor either. I feel Sheila Briggs reason but she has no clue about Los Angeles at all. And I love that I got to read that so I could know how people from other countries come here and evaluate things they see. What is really happening in Los Angeles cant be seen from a bus. Just like if I go to London and live I would never really get the way people live unless I have lived there for a good amount of time. L. A. is a monster with many tails and dimensions and you cant make a good observations going in it on a bus and leaving it on a bus or Metro Link! Done with that!
In The Bible Justice and Public Theology by David J. Neville I was drawn to Justice and Gender. I did not realize how women looked at things from the Bible. I don’t agree with a lot of things I read but I did take note of them because the foundation laid was educational. But I don’t believe God got is wrong when he spoke to his Apostles and Prophet. I was taught at Azusa Pacific University not say he or him in the scripture but to say humanity. And I believe what that means but that is not what the Bible says and God is specific with details about the rest of the Bible so why not when he uses “He.” But I have learned from the eye of a feminist theologian, “The root experience of feminism realizes that culture ‘common sense’, dominant perspectives, scientific theories and historical knowledge are androcentric- that is, male biased – and therefore not objective accounts of reality but ideological mystification of domination and subordination.” I don’t believe that at all. I would never try to dominate my wife in anything. My wife has helped me more than I would have helped myself. I would never try to dominate her I do what God called me to do, protect her and love her. This chick is off the charts to me. But its cool because I realize what feminist think and how they view men. But at the same time I don’t think she has done good research either because to me she is way too hostile when men who are not threatened by feminism would love dialogue!
What I read was educational to me but im really not with authors who are so educated they can change scripture to measure up to their theology I find that as heresy and not scripture based. And if I get real educated like them I will defend the scriptures like they have been written whether I am hated or loved! Contextualization never means reinterpreting scripture! Wow should they go back to school??
 David J. Neville. The Bible, Justice and Public Theology (Oregon: Sheffield Phoenix Press, 2014), 135.