Darryl Maddox wrote:
> 1)Can we establish criteria by which we can determine which parts of the
> Bible are literally true, exactly as stated in a particular translation?
> 2) If we can establish such criteria, what are they?
> 3) If we can establish such criteria then either why have we not done so or
> why is there not pretty much universal agreement about: the method by which
> the criteria were established, what the criteria are, and which parts of
> which translations are true?
I think simply keeping the Bible in its contemporary context with regards to
the prevailing world views eliminates most - if not all interpretive
difficulties. Such world views are readily available through independent means.
Of course this then allows for, and actually demonstrate the existence of,
errors present in scripture. The real problem, at least as I see it, is that
there is wide spread "bibleolatry" out here which literally takes a "if the
Bible says it, I believe it" attitude as evidence for good faith. "For in the
scriptures you think you have life, but it is they which speak of me" ..Jesus.
-- George A. Andrews Jr. Physics/Applied Science College of William & Mary Williamsburg, VA 23188
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