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Tag Archives: Hermeneutics
When we talk about Old Testament history, we must first understand two inherent problems with understanding history in general, and a third problem with biblical historical criticism in particular. The first problem is with the nature of ancient history itself. … Continue reading
How did the early church fathers deal with the genocidal passages in the Old Testament? We’ll look at this as we continue our journey down into the murkier places in Scripture. If you haven’t read the two previous parts of this series, I suggest you do so … Continue reading
What is God really like? Do we just add everything together that we read that mentions God, from Genesis to Revelation, in order to create our theology? In part one, we saw the problem with this method because of apparent disparity between the God … Continue reading
Whenever I get into a thoughtful discussion with one of my agnostic friends (or honest inquirers) about how they see God, they usually respond with some picture of a stern-faced deity up in heaven, lightning bolts in hand, ready to punish all who anger Him.
We started looking at how to know if we’re interpreting Scripture rightly in part one. What hermeneutical method do we use since there are so many different interpretations among “Bible believing” Christians? Christian Smith calls this the problem of “persuasive … Continue reading