by ROBERT TANNEHILL In this post, Gary Yamasaki rightly points out that ideological point of view cannot be reduced to theological belief, and that the ideological plane is more complex than the other planes. However, it would have been helpful to add the reason for that complexity: all the other planes contribute to the ideological plane, which can only be approached through studying the writing as a whole. To be sure, we can speak of multiple ideological planes, for each of the main characters may have his or her evaluative perspective, and the plot develops through the conflict among them. However, I am referring to the ideological (or better, evaluative) plane of the implied author, revealed by the work as a whole.
Yamasaki says that the storyteller positions “an audience within the ideological matrix of one character.” That is not necessarily the case. The story might relate the interactions of several characters, each with valid insights (according to the implied author) and also with blind spots. In the Gospels, to be sure, we do have a central character who is presented as authoritative and especially insightful–the implied author’s “reliable” character. Yet the implied author might be affirming views that extend beyond what Jesus says and does.