Brian McLaren on Clarity and Intrigue

“…clarity is good, but sometimes intrigue may be even more precious; clarity tends to put an end to further thinking, whereas intrigue makes one think more intensely, broadly, and deeply. Jesus’ teaching on the kingdom of God is a case in point; his parables don’t score too well on clarity, but they excel in intrigue.”

Brian McLaren – from the introduction to his book The Last Word and The Word After That

Note: PLEASE don’t read this as an absolute statement… notice that he says “…sometimes intrigue…” implying that clarity and intrigue need to co-exist. My feeling, however, is that Christians have pushed for clarity ONLY for a while now, and I think it’s high time we reclaim the mystery and intrigue that is (hopefully?) obvious in the way that Jesus sometimes chose to communicate…


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