A More Christian Reading of the Bible: "The Word of God For the People of God" by J. Todd Billings

Wednesday, 01 Sep 2010

In recent years, numerous theologians have begun advocating an interpretive approach to Scripture that purposefully foregrounds dogmatic commitments and concerns. The call for theologically informed biblical interpretation comes in reaction to post-Enlightenment academic trends that encouraged biblical schol-ars to free themselves from a priori judgments about the book(s) they study, chiefly on the basis that prior assumptions about Scripture–assumptions regarding, say, its inspiration or instrumental role in the economy of salvation; assumptions rooted in ulterior convictions about divine existence and agency–necessarily serve as obstacles to proper understanding of Scripture's meaning. Proponents of "the theological ...

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