The Tabula Rasa Fallacy

Monday, 16 Jul 2007

The place to begin is by acknowledging that no interpreter, including you, approaches the text tabula rasa, like a razed slate just waiting to have the truth inscribed on you.
Carl Henry has long been fond of saying that there are two kinds of presuppositionalists: those who admit it and those who don't. We might adapt his analysis to our topic: There are two kinds of practitioners of hermeneutics: those who admit it and those who don't. For every time we find something in the Bible (whether it is actually there or not!), we have interpreted the Bible. There is good interpretation and there is bad interpretation, but there is no escape from interpretation. Consequently, we should be self-conscious about our ...

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