Discipleship as Living with God, or Wayfinding and Scripture

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This paper explores the role of divine speaking in Christian ethics, critically engaging with the tendency in modern evangelicalism to seek to derive moral principles from Scripture or a biblically-derived ontology, often via deployment of map-making metaphors. The paper sets out the rather different centrality of the divine claim found in biblical accounts of good or righteous human action. Drawing on the criticisms of the anthropologist Tim Ingold of what he calls the “map-making fallacy,” the paper concludes by suggesting the methodological importance of understanding the orientation of the Christian life to be a fundamentally grounded in interpersonal responsivity.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)22-34
Number of pages13
JournalThe Journal of Spiritual Formation & Soul Care
Issue number1
Early online date1 May 2014
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2014


  • Christian ethics
  • Discipleship
  • God
  • Theology
  • Wayfinding
  • Scripture
  • Tim Ingold
  • Dallas Willard
  • Evangelicalism
  • mapping
  • place
  • space
  • Hearing
  • voice recognition


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