Better not to be a minimalist or a maximalist because the variety of literature in the biblical canon(s) tends to resists being explained in terms of only one or the other.
posted by Chris Tilling @ 10:58 PM
Very well put.
Indeed! Scripture seems to want us to feel tension from different directions. The Bible doesn't settle either way.
So if it's neither and both, can we call this the Tilling Mega-Hermeneutic of Historical Criticism? You know as well as I that every scholar needs a neo-logism to seal the deal for tenure. This could be your shot at it :-)
"resists" is annoying me. It's so bold:-)
Thank you all for your comments."So if it's neither and both, can we call this the Tilling Mega-Hermeneutic of Historical Criticism?"Though I wish to remain humble, yes, I think we should call it that - has a nice ring to it, don't you think?
Edward,Coming from an agnostic and philosophical background, I myself have wrestled with and continue to wrestle with the issues you raise and others like them. They are by no means trivial for me nor, I'd say, for anyone serious about this stuff.Pax Christi,
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