Interpreting Scripture in Light of Scripture

I wrote the following in a comment on Facebook and thought I would share it here as well: The principle of “interpreting Scripture in light of Scripture” is a conservative excuse for picking texts that they like and then insisting that other texts cannot mean what they plainly seem to. In this way the rich [Read More...]

The Jesus Hermeneutic

Richard Rohr writes in The Huffington Post: You deserve to know my science for interpreting sacred texts. It is called a “hermeneutic.” Without an honest and declared hermeneutic, we have no consistency or authority in our interpretation of the Bible. My methodology is very simple; I will try to interpret Scripture the way that Jesus [Read More...]

The Hermeneutical Mini-Roundabout

Another gem from TheologyGrams.   [Read more...]

That Doesn’t Exactly Settle It

Joel Watts shared this on Facebook. I think that more qualifications need to be added below the “God said it” since this still gives the impression that we have God-authored exact words which, if we could just interpret them correctly, then we’d get the right answer. It isn’t just the presence of human interpretation in [Read More...]

John Corvino on Homosexuality and the Bible

HT Hemant Mehta. If you find those videos of interest, you may also be interested in some of Corvino’s other videos, and his recent book, What’s Wrong with Homosexuality? (Philosophy in Action). Corvino is a philosophy professor at Wayne State University. [Read more...]

Approaching Scripture as Jesus Did

Morgan Guyton has an excellent post on what should be the Christian approach to Scripture, namely approaching it as Jesus himself approached it. And so he takes Jesus’ Sabbath healing, and his principle that “the Sabbath was made for human beings, and not human beings for the Sabbath” as a criterion by which to evaluate [Read More...]

Quote of the Day (Vorjack)

One of the most annoying things about dealing with Protestants is their insistence on Biblical authority paired with their inability to agree on what the Bible says. Combined with the tendency to simply assert their supposedly biblical doctrines without “showing their work,” so to speak, leaves one with the feeling that the Bible is simply [Read More...]

Inerrancy and Literalism: Quote of the Day (Theodore M. Vial)

Contemporary conservative Christian exegetes claim both inerrancy and literalism as hermeneutical principles, but will always sacrifice the latter to the former. The “this generation” of Mark 13:30 that will see the Son of Man’s return, for example, must be read as referring not to the generation listening to Jesus, or Mark’s original audience, but to [Read More...]

Eric Reitan: Inerrancy is Only a Theory, and Inerrantists aren’t Evil

Eric Reitan has a post on “That Chick-fil-A Business” and it is insightful and relevant to a much broader range of issues. Here is my favorite part: [T]here’s a deep disconnect between the motives of many conservative Christians and the character of their actions–a disconnect created, more often than not, by an allegiance to an untenable [Read More...]

“Folks Haven’t Been Reading Their Bibles” – Barack Obama on Religion and Public Policy

  Someone made the above quote from then senator Barack Obama into a poster. It illustrates what those who are intimately acquainted with the Bible and its interpretation see clearly, but religious fundamentalists less familiar with their own Scriptures often miss, namely that it is not at all straightforward to derive a clear set of [Read More...]

A Guide to Dealing with Inconvenient Bible Passages

Stephen Savage shared this with me on Facebook:   Ouch! Satire is most effective when it hits painfully close to home. Does this seem to get things about right to you?   As a liberal Christian, I think it is better to honestly disagree with the Bible, than to engage in the selective Biblicism that [Read More...]