Angels from the realms of glory, wing your flight o’er all the earth…

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Kevin, I’m not sure the narrative-historical approach undermines the universal applicability of scripture entirely. I think it’s probably more of a question of how it’s constructed or understood—maybe that’s what you mean when you speak of the “straightforward universal application” of the Bible. I would still want to speak of the decisive or determinative theological significance of the existence of the family of Abraham and of the story which it tells about itself, including the ontologically decisive event of the resurrection—though as long as we speak from within history, rather than within the frame of an absolute rationality, such affirmations are unavoidably subject to critique and qualification. We make contingent, questionable statements of what is theologically decisive, if that makes sense.