[R]ecently I finished The Orthodox Heretic by Peter Rollins and loved it. It is a book of spiritual parables that cause you to rethink your faith as a result of their unusual endings. Some of these parables were fantastic and caused me much reflection, likeÂ “Salvation For a Demon (Ch.5),” “Pearl of Great Price (Ch.6),” and “The Last Trial (Ch.15).”
There is tremendous power in telling stories, as Rollins explains:
“Parables subvert this desire to make faith simple and understandable. They do not offer the reader clarity, for they refuse to be captured in the net of a single interpretation and instead demand our eternal return to their words, our wrestling with them, and our puzzling over them.”
“The problem with so much religious communication is that it aims at changing our minds. The result is that we can hear the message of the preacher without necessarily heeding the message; we can listen to the ‘truth’ and agree with it, yet not change in response to it.”
We need more good storytelling in our faith, and Peter Rollins is a great step in that direction.