concerning the question “What are the gospels about?” is happening over at the Register.
It says in the article: “The key to understanding a text is not to ask, “What does it mean to me?” but “What did it mean to the people who wrote it?””
Wouldn’t the real key to understanding a text just be the simpler question of “what does it mean?” rather than the two options in the quore above?
Unfortunately not- because in human beings, bias cannot be eliminated on either side of the equation.
The hardest thing to learn about communication is to avoid the illusion that it has occurred.