“Knowing is neither a matter of building foundations nor of weaving webs but of following maps. ‘Following maps’ is a better image because it recognizes the priority of the canonical text and its relationship to reality – just these maps – over one’s use or reading of it. Moreover the drama of doctrine is precisely that of using the biblical maps to negotiate one’s walk on the way to truth and life. The map calls attention to the fact that the church’s interpretive framework is canonical before it is communal.”
“At the same time, these maps or interpretive frameworks serve various real-life purposes. Indeed, the whole purpose of the map is not simply to inform but to be useful. In similar fashion, Scripture is neither a textbook of propositional truths that serves as the foundation for knowledge nor a narrative that relies on its position in the church’s web of belief for its meaning and truth. Scripture is rather a canonical atlas: a collection of maps that variously render the way, the truth, and the life.”
By the way, Vanhoozer’s latest is out and it’s called Remythologizing Theology: Divine Action, Passion, and Authorship. However, the price tag is so horribly high (over $100!!) I doubt it’ll be read much until the cost comes down. I can’t wait!