The term Beyond the Pale comes from 17th century Ireland. The area of Ireland under English control at that time was referred to as “the pale” and was demarcated by picket fencing. Beyond that fencing was deemed uncontrollable and therefore “beyond the pale”.
Today’s Christian culture in many ways reflects that historical arrangement. The picket fence of wood has been replaced by a perimeter of theology, customs, and church culture that is deemed safe, orthodox and controllable.
But as C.S. Lewis noted, “Aslan is not a tame lion.”
Take a journey beyond the picket fence and the “controlled areas” of our Christian faith.