Currently reading Michael Eric Dyson’s new book, Is Bill Cosby Right?, (along with a grip of other books) in preparation for a panel I’ll be sitting on for the After Evangelicalism conference in September. I will be dealing with the subject of race and diversity in the emerging church movement. Dyson’s reflections have been helpful for me as I navigate through this discourse on race.
I am also writing a review of Carson’s book for an online journal, Reformation Revival. Reading this book has been quite informative. To be honest I have never read any of Carson’s work before. Hopefully, I will get to meet him one day so I can ask him to further elaborate on this particular thought in his book. The context of this thought is in the middle of his criticism of McLaren and those in the emerging church supposed over-emphasis on narrative preaching and presentation over and against a didactic form of the old, old story:
Yet, to put things in perspective, I have heard a fair number of African preachers handle narrative texts very ably, but can think of only three or four African preachers who can expound on Romans very well. The narrative culture of many Africans (though that is now changing somewhat) produced certain limitations; the heritage of Western epistemology and culture produced another set of limitations. (p. 67)
I’d be interested in knowing what an exemplary exposition of Romans looks like? Also, what are these limitations in African narrative culture? And why does he suppose that all African theologizing is in the form of telling stories?