Scriptural Literalism Allen Brill

October 27, 2003

Scriptural Literalism

Allen Brill has another very good essay in Open Source politics about the history of Scriptural Interpretation and why it matters to the world today.

He has elsewhere commented on the process of proof-texting, which in its most outrageous forms assumes that the Bible is a single, coherent whole. If it is, if every verse is equally Divinely inspired, the we can use any verse anywhere to interpret any other verse anywhere, and if we can find any verse or verse snippet anywhere that supports our position of the moment, we can claim Biblical sanction for our opinions.

I think this approach is nonsense. I am a historicist, which is odd because my current research is on the ancestors of today's evangelicals. Speaking of which, I need to get back to editing.

Posted by Red Ted at October 27, 2003 11:03 AM | TrackBack