Date: Sun Dec 22 2002 - 21:02:01 EST
<< Accommodation can be interpreted in different ways. One aspect is that
God took care that his prophets formulated what He wanted to reveal in a
way conducive to being understood by unlearned people. I agree with
that, and Calvin may very well have meant this. Quite different is the
claim that God didn't care whether whatever errors the prophet's
contemporaries might have held were incorporated in the text or not, as
long as it would not touch a theological truth. Here I have very serious
reservations. First of all, some include moral or ethical issues among
the defects tolerated (I don't think Calvin did). >>
Calvin did emphasize the accommodation of Scripture to the unlearned, but he
also accepted, as did Jesus, some accommodation to ethical defects due to
man's hardness of heart. See "Calvin's Pentateuchal Criticism: Equity,
Hardness of Heart, and Divne Accommodation in the Mosaic Harmony Commentary"
by David F Wright, Calvin Theological Journal, vol 21:1 (April, 1986) pp.
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