Catechesis at All Souls
Reading Holy Scripture in the Anglican Tradition
Oh that I knew how all thy lights combineGeorge Herbert, The Holy Scriptures II
And the configurations of their glorie!
Seeing note onely how each verse doth shine,
But all the constellations of the storie.
Such are thy secrets, which my life makes good,
Thy words do find me out, & parallels bring,
And in another make me understood.
In this series, we discuss the different facets of the interpretation of Scripture when we read with our mind, spirit, and imagination.
Reading Scripture is an interpretative act on our part, but we must allow Scripture to first interpret us—to allow God to speak to us through his Word. The group of Anglican figures we will be reading with this Fall all believe that the inspired language of the Bible holds the power to shape our moral formation, our imaginations, and our understanding of all of God’s creation.
This is why we will be reading Scripture in this series with theologians, clerics, poets, a hymn writer, and an abolitionist. From Tyndale to Lewis, we will be examining the writings of our Anglican Mothers and Fathers to give us a new vision for our own reading of Scripture, and the ways it shapes every aspect of our existence, with some Anglican history thrown in for good measure.
What is the Anglican Tradition of Reading Scripture?
Deacon Mary Baker
Medieval Foundations: The Fourfold Way of Reading