Romans and Reform

Martha Ellen Stortz

Article Type: Perspective

Publication Date: 10/1/1986

Issue: Romans (Vol. 6, No 4, Fall, 1986)

Does Romans say anything to us today? The question is a natural oneā€”but misguided. The question is misguided, because it ignores that Romans is Scripture. As Scripture it is a text which possesses us. The question is not how we might claim it, but how it claims us. As Scripture Romans addresses us. The question is not whether it addresses us, but how. As Scripture Romans speaks to us. The question is not whether it speaks, but whether or not we can hear. Suddenly the question as to the authority of Romans today has become a question about the authenticity of the community for whom this text is Scripture. The question about what Romans says to us today has become a question about who we are. We were set to scrutinize a text; the text is suddenly scrutinizing us.

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