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The Blog of Dr. James F. McGrath, Clarence L. Goodwin Chair in New Testament Language and Literature at Butler University, Indianapolis
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This was shared by PhDiva (HT Jim Davila):
In case you can’t read the caption, it says “Oh, I am so blogging about this”.
That is a beautiful picture.
I think the only way to come to terms of “peace” is to admit that there will always be certain assumptions that an individual will commit to. It is not a matter of absolute truth, so much as faith in a certain way of approaching the issue at hand. Those who hold to a tight definition of tradition will be more inflexible where it ocmes to “attacks on their ideal”, i.e. the Bible. The Bible is a Tradition, whereas, Roman Catholism or Eastern Orthodox, is no less a “tradition”.SBL is open-ended to embrace thsoe whose commitment is to reason, where critical scrutiny is required in observation and critique. Both must understand that their commitment has its own bias and be flexible enough to listen to the other’s difference in approach…
BTW, if there is an agenda, i.e. a protection of tradition, an interest in proving a certain position, etc.,then there will be a limitation to one’s understanding, as the agenda will block free thought and free understanding of another viewpoint. Unfortunately, most of us interact with another person, or a subject with an agenda in mind, which, unless one is aware can lead to wrong conclusions…
If I’m not mistaken, that’s one of David Malki’s pictures. He has a thrice weekly cartoon that I find hilarious.Curiously enough, today’s cartoon seems to be strangely relevant to the thread so far.
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