4 Reasons Not to Read the Bible Literally

Reading the Bible literally is like trying to fit a square peg into a round hole.

A  recent article in The Huffington Post, by David Lose, the Director of the Center for Biblical Preaching at Luther Seminary, offers four arguments why the Bible should NOT be read LITERALLY. Here they are:

1) Nowhere does the Bible claim to be inerrant.

2) Reading the Bible literally distorts its witness. Continue reading “4 Reasons Not to Read the Bible Literally”

Carson and Piper on Hermeneutics

I thank Carson Clark for this clip (his post on it can be found HERE).

Here is the comment I have left on his blog:

[DA] Carson is surprisingly good in this video (like you, I am not a fan of Carson, nor, I would add, of the Gospel Coalition – too modernistic and fundationalist for my postmodern taste), while Piper is as aloof as always.
I may also add that, even if I preach sometimes (I have just accepted the invitation to do it on 7 August), and I enjoy a good sermon (they are so rare these days) I am not a great fan of preaching either. I think the ‘laleo’ version of sharing the good news is much more fitting with our times.

The Problem with Biblicism 2 | Jesus Creed

The Problem with Biblicism 2 | Jesus Creed.

If you are an Evangelical and a biblicist, you should read this, I suggest.

Biblicism – friend or foe?

Scot McKnight summarises in a recent post on his blog the main argument in Christian Smith’s book called Bible Made Impossible, The: Why Biblicism Is Not a Truly Evangelical Reading of Scripture, which he describes as ‘the biggest challenge evangelicalism has to face’ because the author ‘argues that what we believe about the Bible (biblicism) is undermined by how we actually read the Bible and how we practice the Bible’.Quite an indictment, isn’t it?

Here is the gest of the argument, accoding to McKnight:

1. He sees biblicism in evangelicalism (not all of it) and in most charismatic and Pentecostal Christianity.
2. Biblicism involves belief in the Bible’s exclusive authority, infallibility, perspicuity, self-sufficiency, internal consistency, self-evident meaning, and universal applicability. Continue reading “Biblicism – friend or foe?”

Have Evangelicals Made the Bible Impossible? (a sociologist says “yes”)

a time to tear down | A Time to Build Up » Have Evangelicals Made the Bible Impossible? (a sociologist says “yes”).

You absolutely have to read this if you are an Evangelical.

Miniblog #71: The Bible is “Man-Made” « Musings of a Hardlining Moderate

Miniblog #71: The Bible is “Man-Made” « Musings of a Hardlining Moderate.

This shopr post is worth reading, I suggest.

Here is my comment to it:

Hi, Carson,
I see that you did it again, stirring up a very helpful discussion.
I was away on a Celtic Trail (more about it soon on my blog) and I have decided to take a virtual fast. So, I left my laptop home, doing only the absolutely essential on my iPhone. But I am back now and ready to go.
Thanks for this much needed post. I think the problem with much conservative bibliology consists in its Docetic tendencies, which tends to reduce the biblical text to a flat, black and white reality. If I am right in my analysis, then conservatives need to be preached to about the human nature of scripture, while liberals need to recover the idea of its divine nature.
The is, I think, precisely the opposite mistake made by extreme liberals, who emphasize so much the human dimension on scripture that its divine nature virtually disappears.
If I am right in my analysis, then conservatives need to be preached to about the human nature of scripture, while liberals need to recover the idea of its divine nature.
Nevertheless, as my son pointed out to me in a discussion the other day, we may also err by separating too much the two dimensions, since the divine, most often (with rare exceptions, as you have pointed out) is manifested and works through the human. Thus, the ‘only man-made’ or ‘only God-made’ does not make much sense to me. Surely, as I have pointed out to my son, we may also err by completely mingling the two natures. This is where the four Calcedonian qualifications may be of help.
One more issue that I would like to underline is that, as a high church Anglican, I feel very uncomfortable with the definition of Tradition as being ‘man-made’. I have learned a lot from the Orthodox on this matter. For them, Tradition’ is not merely a set of documents, but, rather, ‘the manifestation of the Spirit in the life of the Church, throughout history’. I understand that this definition deprives the typical evangelical of the most precious instrument with which they measure the degree of divine vs. human inspiration in Scripture and Tradition, but that is precisely why I like it.
There is, surely, much more to be said, but I will stop here, as much otther work awaits for me to be done.

Quarks and Creation: John Polkinghorne on the Complementary Nature of Science and Religion


Rev Dr. John Polkinghorne

There is a fierce debate these days between those more of less inclined towards fundamentalism among Evangelicals, and those advocating a more nuanced and less literalistic understanding, especially as it reflects on the relationship between science and religion, with the creation vs. evolution debate (sometimes via Intelligent Design Theory) as its main focus.

Everybody, from bridge engineers (like Henry Morris) to theologians (like Al Mohler, see the winter 2011 issue of his seminary magazine), feel they are competent to deal, the more dogmatically the better, with the complicated matters involved in this debate. Continue reading “Quarks and Creation: John Polkinghorne on the Complementary Nature of Science and Religion”

What is Literal Interpretation? by Vern Pothress

What is Literal Interpretation? by Vern Pothress.

There is a lot of common sense in this article on hermeneutics. Thanks to Marius Cruceru for pointing to it.

Handle with care! It could make you think! 🙂

Andrei Plesu – Parabolele lui Isus. O analitica a receptivitatii

Multumesc prietenului meu Mihai Chelariu pentru linkul catre inregistrarea acestei remarcabile prezentari, care a fost sustinuta la Universitatea “Al. I. Cuza” din Iasi, la 27 octombrie 2010.

Ii sfatuiesc pe cei care nu au vreme s-o urmareasca online, sa descarce fisierul si sa-l urmareasca pe indelete cind au vreme.

Va doresc vizionare placuta, si cu folos pentru suflet.

Cum să-l rezumi pe Paul Ricoeur în 10 minute? « Methoughts, mefeats and medefeats

Cum să-l rezumi pe Paul Ricoeur în 10 minute? « Methoughts, mefeats and medefeats.

Manu Contac a pus pe blogul sau un excelent clip video cu marele specialist in hermeneutica Anthony Thiselton, in care acesta reuseste performanta de a rezuma in 10 minute gindirea lui Paul Ricoeur. Probabil ca cei care au citit tomurile de hermeneutica ale autorului britanic nu vor fi surprinsi. Fara aceasta capacitate

Thiselton a fost coordnatorul de doctorat al lui Adonis Vidu, la University of Nottingham, in UK. (intr-o intilnire pe care am avut-o cu Thiselton in perioada aceea, teologul anglican imi spunea ca Adi a fost unul dintre cei mai buni studenti  pe care i-a avut vreodata.

Exortatia apostolica Verbum Domini

1.11.2010, Vatican (Catholica) – Astăzi la amiază a avut prezentarea exortaţiei apostolice post-sinodale “Verbum Domini” a Papei Benedict al XVI-lea, despre Cuvântul lui Dumnezeu în viaţa şi misiunea Bisericii. Conferinţa de presă a fost susţinută de Cardinalul Marc Ouellet P.S.S., prefect al Congregaţiei pentru Episcopi; Arhiepiscopul Gianfranco Ravasi, preşedintele Consiliului Pontifical pentru Cutură; Arhiepiscopul Nikola Eterovic şi Mons. Fortunato Frizza, secretarul general şi subsecretarul Sinodului Episcopilor. Continue reading “Exortatia apostolica Verbum Domini”

Reading the Bible in South Africa

Many immature Christians, especially of those coming from more fundamentalism backgrounds, have the impression that as long as they read the Bible, they cannot be wrong. Little do they know that hell is full of people who read their Bibles and prayed every day.

What these people are not aware of is that we all read our Bibles with certain presuppositions. The more unaware we are of the hermeneutical glasses we use in reading our Bibles, the more chances we have to be wrong in our interpretations. Continue reading “Reading the Bible in South Africa”

Al Mohler – the new fundamentalist apostle of the ‘young earth’ myth

Dr. R. Albert Mohler, Jr., serves as president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary — the flagship school of the Southern Baptist Convention and one of the largest seminaries in the world.

Recently, he has spoken at the annual Ligonier Ministry Conference on the topic ‘Why Does the Earth Look So Old?’, where he argued for the so-called ‘young earth theory’ and the creation of the world in sever 24 hour days (!!!), based on a literalist, fundamentalist, reading of Genesis 1-2. (You may watch HERE to his presentation. You may also read HERE a transcription of this speech.)

Continue reading “Al Mohler – the new fundamentalist apostle of the ‘young earth’ myth”

Asociatia de Filologie si Hermeneutica Biblica din Romania

La data de 1 aprilie 2010 a fost infiintata la iasi Asociatia de Filologie si Hermeneutica Biblica din Romania.

Scopul acestei nou infiintale institutii este acela de a promova activitatile stiintifice din domeniul studiului comparativ al textelor biblice, precum si al istoriei interpretarii acestor texte in antichitate, modernitate si lumea contemporana. Continue reading “Asociatia de Filologie si Hermeneutica Biblica din Romania”

Explorari in traditia biblica romaneasca

Universitatea «Alexandru Ioan Cuza», Iaşi
Centrul de Studii Biblico‑Filologice «Monumenta linguae Dacoromanorum»
Institutul de Filologie Română «A. Philippide», Iaşi
Asociaţia de Filologie şi Hermeneutică Biblică din România

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Simpozionul Naţional

Explorări în tradiţia biblică românească

Iaşi, 28‑29 octombrie 2010

Continue reading “Explorari in traditia biblica romaneasca”

How Did You Score on the Hermeneutics Quiz?

Did you take the Hermeneutics Quiz? If you did not, you can find it HERE.

Continue reading “How Did You Score on the Hermeneutics Quiz?”

Scot McKnight’s Hermeneutics Quiz

The Holy Scriptures are the central to all legitimate Christian traditions. However, the way Christians interpret the Bible varies largely. That is why some of us may be interested to evaluate and reflect on their approach to Biblical interpretation as a basis for Christian living.

Scot McKnight teaches theology at North Park University in Chicago (my friend Dr. Bradey Nassif, an Orthodox theologian and the foremost expert of the Orthodox-Evangelical dialogue also teaches there). He also holds the Jesus Creed Blog on the Christianity Today site.

He has published about two years ago (but I have found only today) a very thorough Hermeneutics Quiz that I recommend to you all. Continue reading “Scot McKnight’s Hermeneutics Quiz”

Yvette Flunder – Beyond the Either/Or God

No comment! Enjoy 🙂 Or not 😦

Un interviu cu Kevin Vanhoozer

Kevin Vanhoozer

Marius Cruceru ne semnalează pe blogul său un excelent interviu cu Kevin Vanhoozer, unul dintre cei mai interesanţi şi mai creativi teologi evanghelici din generaţia media, apărut recent pe excelentul blog al lui Justin Taylor numit Between Two Worlds. A Mix of Theology, Philosophy, Politics, and Culture.

Continue reading “Un interviu cu Kevin Vanhoozer”

Mirela Roznoveanu

Mirela Roznoveanu Mirela-Roznoveanu
Mirela Roznoveanu…    atunci            si…        acum

La mijlocul anilor ’80, atunci cind impreuna cu mai multi prieteni din cercul nostru de ucenicie ne preocupam de problematica hermeneuticii literare si a celei biblice, am descoperit o carte extraordinara, care ne-a fost de un enorm folos in acel moment. Ea se numea Civilizatia romanului si fusese publicata de Editura Albatros, in seria Sinteze Lyceum, in 1993. Intre altele, cartea aborda cu curaj si fara prejudecati teme legate de literatura biblica. Imi amintesc si acum iluminarea pe care am avut-o citind capitolul despre cartea Iona, privita ca un roman esential.

Continue reading “Mirela Roznoveanu”