Worldview: Which Story is Primary?

The importance of understanding Scripture’s “Grand Narrative.” Great quote from Al Wolters and Michael Goheen:

To miss the grand narrative of Scripture is a serious matter; it is not simply a matter of misinterpreting parts of Scripture. It is a matter of being oblivious to which story is shaping our lives. Some story will shape our lives. When the Bible is broken up into little bits and chunks – theological, devotional, spiritual, moral, or worldview bits and chunks – then these bits can be nicely fitted into the reigning story of our own culture with all its idols! One can be theologically orthodox, devotionally pious, morally upright, or maybe even have one’s worldview categories straight, and yet be shaped by the idolatrous Western story. The Bible loses its forceful and formative power by being absorbed into a more encompassing secular story.

From Creation Regained: Biblical Basics for a Reformational Worldview (2d ed), pg. 125. Cited in C. John Collins, Did Adam and Eve Really Exist?: Who They Were and Why You Should Care, pg. 27.

R. Andrew Compton
Christ Reformed Church (URCNA)
Anaheim, CA