“My work has been about giving dead Christians, namely saints, a say in how we read scripture,” said Jason Byassee, pastor of Boone United Methodist Church. “This is very hard to do, as we're all conditioned to read the scriptures with modern eyes, and often our ancient forebears' ways of reading look very strange to us.”
Byassee is the keynote speaker for the 2013 Faith Seeking Understanding event presented by Union Presbyterian Seminary at Charlotte Campus. His presentation on Sunday October 20, 4:00-5:30 p.m., “Reading the Bible with the Whole Church,” is inspired by the Christian apologist Giblert K. Chesterton’s assertion that “tradition is the democracy of the dead.” Twenty-first century Christians are inclined to see tradition and democracy as opposed to one another, but Chesterton argued that tradition is the most democratic thing there is.
“With Christian tradition, even dead people get to vote,” says Byassee, “however, as we discern Christ in scripture -through the lens of the saints and our own - we learn to see him in unexpected places like creation, the enemy, the mirror, even in the church we serve.”
The Faith Seeking Understanding event will continue on Monday, October 21, at 10 a.m. when Byassee will meet with local pastors and Christian educators to engage in theological discussion on the art of ministry.
Both events are free and the public is warmly invited to attend. However, reservations are strongly encouraged. Please email Nadine Moran, development associate for Charlotte, at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 980-636-1661.