Growing discussion on being post-reformed. See The Craw and PostReformed. Some very good stuff here. These seven "Being PostReformed..." statements come from The Craw but compiled together at PR...
- Being PostReformed means laying aside a dogmatic application of a particular reading of the Reformed Confessions that keeps one from appreciating and fellowshipping with brethren from other traditions outside of Reformedom.
- Being PostReformed enables one to see the Bible as God’s grand story
of the ages and not to view it as a repository of propositions and
factoids. It’s not a Tommy-gun that we load up with pet proof texts…to
blast other Christians with. It sometimes gets mysterious and messy but
the PostReformed man is comfortable with that and doesn’t feel the
necessity to correct God via better formulations and propositions.
- Being PostReformed allows one to ask, “who can I work with” rather than “who can I not work with”
in ministry opportunities outside of one’s immediate church,
denomination, or tradition. This puts things in positive rather than
negative terms and frees one to find allies instead of drawing an ever
more exclusive circle of “orthodoxy.”
- Being PostReformed means that when one arrives at a roadblock in one’s tradition, a roadblock created by traditions that attempt to interpret tradition, one is free jump into another road altogether.
The PostReformed are not afraid to borrow from another tradition’s
formulation of an issue, or to leave a particular point to ambiguity.
He is able to clearly see he is bound by God’s Word and that tradition
must serve it. He is a man in full.
- Being PostReformed means that you are sometimes not
persuaded when the majority of current scholarship in your tradition
agrees on something. They may be blind to the fact that they
have arrived in a self-referential cul-de-sac. Jumping out of the
cul-de-sac to see what another tradition says or to access earlier
formulations from your own tradition isn’t something to be afraid of.
- Being PostReformed means you regard Arminians, Emerging Churchmen, and Roman Catholics as Christians…and
treat them as such. You work vigorously to build unity, without
compromising truth, to demonstrate the visible unity of the Body of
Christ, wherever you can, to the watching world. The PostReformed man
takes the Beatitudes seriously with great longing in his heart:
“Blessed are the peacemakers for they shall be called the sons of God.”
- Being PostReformed means having enough confidence in your
Reformed theological convictions that you can interact substantively
with Christians in other traditions without fear. The fear that often masquerades as dogmatism is replaced by a love for the truth and your brethren.