Bible is meant to be read in the church, by the church, as the
the practice of reading Scripture has often become separated from its ecclesial
context, theologian Derek Taylor argues that it rightly belongs to the
disciplines of the community of faith. He finds a leading example of this
approach in the theology of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, who regarded the reading of
Scripture as an inherently communal exercise of discipleship.
conversation with other theologians, including John Webster, Robert Jenson, and
Stanley Hauerwas, Taylor contends that Bonhoeffer's approach to Scripture can
engender the practices and habits of a faithful hermeneutical community. Today,
as in Bonhoeffer's time, the church is called to take up and read.
W. Taylor (ThD, Duke University) is an assistant professor of theology and
director of the Emmaus Scholars Program at Whitworth University. He previously
taught at Hope College and lives in Spokane, Washington, with his wife, Lauren,
and his son.