Re: "Clear injunction of God's word" (fwd)

From: Joel Cannon (
Date: Wed May 15 2002 - 14:27:47 EDT

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    > We read the scriptures through a tradition that tells us how we should
    > interpret scripture, which scripture passages are important, and which
    > passages are not (e.g. how do we take the sermon on the mount). The
    > conservative evangelical or fundamentalist tradition is just as much a
    > tradition as others, perhaps a more dangerous one because its
    > self-image of being free from tradition makes it particularly
    > vulnerable to self-deception.
    > To give an example of how a tradition informs us, for those Americans
    > on the list (British and Canadian readers are exempt), particularly
    > those who condemn people or actions on the basis of "the clear
    > injunction of God's word," Do you celebrate Independence Day? If so,
    > scripture says you are celebrating rebellion against God. "Everyone
    > must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no
    > authority except that which God has established. The authorities that
    > exist have been established by God. Consequently, he who rebels
    > against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted,
    > and those who do so will bring judgement on themselves."
    > (Rom. 13:1-2)

    Responding to my own post so that I can have the illusion of having
    said something worth responding to: I should have added that, given
    the fact that we all have a tradition or traditions that inform how we
    view the bible (and the world), the challenge is to gain a perspective
    which allows us to understand our tradition, evaluate the assumptions
    that are present, and move forward.

    Joel W. Cannon | (724)223-6146
    Physics Department |
    Washington and Jefferson College |
    Washington, PA 15301 |

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