Is scripture an open work?
My main question to you is can Scripture be more of an open work. It seems to me from your writings that you take a more ...
...human authored approach to the Bible (not saying you dont believe in the divinely inspired but it at least was written with human hands and thoughts).
The conversations in your Neo series seems to suggest an idea that the writers are trying to understand and share what they see about God, similarly to a man journaling about a beautiful woman he is trying to create an intimate relationship with.
This has had a profound effect on my personal thinking. If the writers are trying to express their understanding and thoughts about the amazing artist then what does that say about C.S. Lewis' Mere Christianity, Great Divorce, or any of his other works, or about any other amazingly profound and beautiful writings from Luther, Wesley, Calvin, Graham, Cleriment of Rome, Augustine, and Aquinas? Should we canonize these amazingly insightful thinkers too or is Scripture closed?
I would like to think it to be more open. Are all the essentials needed for Christianity canonized? Yes, but it lacks the beauty of the ongoing conversation, as you would like to put it, of God and His created people. Adding writings from the 2nd century to present will bring alive Christianity. It would show its Triumphs and pitfalls, understandings and misunderstandings, achievements and failures, and its growth and maturity in trying to understand and live for the one Beautiful Artist... Of Course, this would not fall in line with the authoritative approach of modernity, and would be deemed heretical...
P.S. your writings and thoughts have really helped me understand faith and God in a deeper more real way. So whether or not you are deemed a heretic in someone elses book, you have been an amazing blessing for me. I am now trying to pass that blessing on to others... thank you again
Answer: Thanks for your encouragement. I believe, with you, that we should treasure the rich heritage of Christian thought and literature through the centuries, but I wouldnít use the idea of an open canon to defend that idea. I think the language of a foundation can be useful here (using the imagery doesnít signal Iíve become a philosophical foundationalist!): we keep building the house, but we donít keep adding to the foundation.