Volume 28, Issue 1, Spring/Summer 2008
Wm. Carter Aikin
Narrative Icon and Linguistic Idol
Reexamining the Narrative Turn in Theological Ethics
Narrative theology views the truths of scripture through an iconographic lens to indicate God's intimate involvement in human life. However, when narrative theology becomes "narrative theological ethics," the transformative power of narrative about God receives more emphasis than the power of God itself. Narrative theology quickly moves toward linguistic idolatry when God's grace is valued merely as an important facet of a powerful narrative rather than as the foundation of Christian moral action.