My late great professor and mentor, Dr. Howard P. Giddens, once commented on a particular pastor's preaching this way: "I don't much care for his 'flat Bible' approach." We talked about what he meant by that and I came away thinking about the following possibilities about which I am, thirty-something years later, still thinking.
1. Perhaps every part of the Bible does not have equal authority.
2. Or, perhaps some parts of the Bible carry a different kind of authority than do other parts.
3. If either of those first statements is true, how does one determine what kind of authority to attribute to a particular text?