On the topic of knowing God's will, for instance, Taylor said:
I wrote a chapter in An Altar in the World on getting lost - on not going where you meant to, or leaving the beaten path. Even in the Gospels, there is a particular word for particular people. It is not often the same word to every person. To some, the word is "Get up and walk," and to some it is, "Go into your room and pray." The word to me on the fire escape [in the memoir An Altar in the World] was "Do anything that pleases you, and belong to me." That was the word just to me. There is alarming human freedom in that - alarming!
"Do anything that pleases you, and belong to me."
I really don't mean to be harsh about this, but Taylor's claim that God gave her permission to do anything that pleases her brings to mind a quote attributed to Susan B. Anthony: "I distrust those people who know so well what God wants them to do, because I notice it always coincides with their own desires." What's fascinating about this particular claim to private revelation is that it makes no bones about it: God's will and what pleases Taylor are one and the same. Alarming freedom, indeed!
Later in the interview, Taylor offers reasons why she has reconsidered the biblical narrative of salvation history:
I am Christian enough to think there is still a narrative. My narrative is probably not creation, fall, and redemption. It is definitely a narrative of genesis, flood, new life, and resurrection. ... I have spent enough time in other protestant traditions to grow up thinking there was something essentially, originally wrong with me. I know that I am essentially liable to do the wrong thing, but I don't think that's because there is something originally wrong with me. I think I was made in the image of God. There has to be another way to theologize about why I do the things I do, and why people do the things we do. I no longer accept some of the early explanations for that. I do not read "fall" in Genesis history. I can't see it. The words are not there. The snake is a snake. It is not the devil. Sin isn't anywhere in the chapter, so that's a later reading of a primary text.
I read that narrative more like a Jew, who would read the story of Mount Sinai as more a story of collective, communal sin, when you have been given a living God and you choose an idol instead. Every best seller on the self-help and religion shelf is about knowing the difference between good and evil. If that is a sin, Christians sure are all over it.
It strikes me that Taylor's explicit rejection of the Fall "in Genesis history" may be connected with her claim to a private revelation of God's will ("Do anything that pleases you"). For downplaying the Fall makes it easier to find in personal experience a perception of God's unambiguous approval of our wills and affections. To quote from N. T. Wright's Simply Christian: "We have lived for too long in a world, and tragically even in a church ... where the wills and affections of human beings are regarded as sacrosanct as they stand, where God is required to command what we already love and to promise what we already desire."
But perhaps such is the price of "progress" in Christianity.