the main message of Scripture is the unfolding mystery of Christ, who reveals his Father and reconciles us to him, theology is a central concern of every believer.
For over three centuries now, atheists and skeptics have catechized the West in the belief that as cultures progress, belief in God or at least in extraordinary divine intervention in nature and history will wane. What proponents forget is that this concept of “progress” itself presupposes a certain kind of faith: an interpretation of reality that requires personal commitment. Among other things, it presupposes that reality is entirely self-creating and self-regulating (autonomous), such that the very idea of a personal God who enters into a world that we have defined as “without God”...
The prophets and apostles did not believe that God’s mighty acts in history (meganarratives) were dispensable myths that represented universal truths (meta-narratives).
Note: Here (and before) Horton is arguing that you cannot separated the story (drama/meganarrative) from the truth (dogma/metanarrative) as Bultmann tried to do. There is no indispensible truth wrapped up in dispensible stories. To use "metanarrative" to describe the dogma of Christianity would be a mistake.
This type of deity does not offend, disrupt, command, or save; rather than a stranger, God, the gods, or the divine principle is the most immanent and personal aspect of one’s own existence.
Note: Pantheism and Panentheism. e.g. Platonism, Gnosticism.