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Oct
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comment Which hermeneutical approaches support a literal interpretation of the Creation account?
The philosophical side of me is compelled to point out that there is a very similar problem in science: new observations are informed and limited by current theory. Our understanding of the world is trapped in a particular paradigm. According to Thomas Kuhn, when the weight of evidence against the current paradigm becomes unsupportable, the paradigm violently shifts to another theory that has been waiting in the wings. I suggest we escape the circle by piling up textual evidence and see what breaks.
Oct
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comment Which hermeneutical approaches support a literal interpretation of the Creation account?
If I understand you correctly, you view the "literal" interpretation as largely a result of reading doctrine ("the Earth is very young") into the text and that the alternative is to read a different doctrine into the text. What would you suggest as a way out of the circle?
Oct
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revised Which hermeneutical approaches support a literal interpretation of the Creation account?
Added a key link
Oct
19
comment Is Paul suggesting that Philemon release Onesimus from slavery?
How do you read "no longer as a slave" in verse 16? (I can guess, but it would help your answer if you address what might be the key pro-manumission phrase directly.) Second, if Paul's request is to have Onesimus sent to him, that sounds like the slave would be freed. Maybe you can elaborate on how it's possible to be a slave to one man (Philemon) while serving another (Paul) on the opposite side of the world. (Again, I can predict the answer, but it would help your case to spell this out.)
Oct
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answered Which hermeneutical approaches support a literal interpretation of the Creation account?
Oct
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reviewed Approve Which hermeneutical approaches support a literal interpretation of the Creation account?
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comment How does this KJV phrase change the understanding of 1 Tim 6:5?
The spurious passage would seem to be more aggressive in avoiding such people and not require "due process" if read that way. But now we are plucking mosquito hairs. ;-)
Oct
19
comment What are good contextual clues that a passage is meant to be read as hyperbole?
@Richard: Origen wishes it were asked 1900 years or so earlier too.
Oct
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revised How does this KJV phrase change the understanding of 1 Tim 6:5?
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revised How does this KJV phrase change the understanding of 1 Tim 6:5?
Expanding on the meaning of the marginalia.
Oct
18
comment How does this KJV phrase change the understanding of 1 Tim 6:5?
It seems to me that the "such" could refer to either the actions ("disputes and arguments over words, from which come envy, strife, reviling, evil suspicions, useless wranglings") or to the actors. My reading was that it was the actions that ought to be avoided as in verse 11. (But I have no real Greek so must depend on the kindness of strangers for translation issues like this.)
Oct
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answered How does this KJV phrase change the understanding of 1 Tim 6:5?
Oct
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revised Which hermeneutical approaches support a literal interpretation of the Creation account?
The title of the question is misleading given the body and comments.
Oct
18
revised How does the Noah's Ark narrative relate to the Gilgamesh flood account?
Added relevant links in the hope the question could be opened again.
Oct
18
accepted Is Paul's visit to Jerusalem detailed in Galatians 2 the Jerusalem Council?
Oct
18
accepted What did Isaiah intend with his unusual usage of “create” in Isaiah 45:7?
Oct
18
revised How do Jewish scholars differ from Christian scholars in their approach to the Tanakh?
Clarifying terms a bit.
Oct
18
revised How do Jewish scholars differ from Christian scholars in their approach to the Tanakh?
This straddles the line between a question from the Christian and the Jewish perspective
Oct
18
revised Which hermeneutical approaches support a literal interpretation of the Creation account?
Retagging questions that purely cover the Tanakh
Oct
18
revised Is “kill” a valid translation for Exodus 20:13 (Thou shalt not kill)?
Retagging questions that purely cover the Tanakh