Am dat recentissime peste acest articol din categoria food for thought, în contextul în care discutam azi cu studenții de anul IV la Hermeneutică teoretică despre modul absolut prăpăstios în care înțelegem principiul Sola Scriptura:
Protecting Us from Us
Here, then, is one of the main benefits of history for the reader of the Bible: Studying history protects us from reading God’s Word only through the lens of the present century.
You don’t need to buy into the whole postmodern perspective to admit that we all read the Bible as „citizens” of our particular time and place. I am not suggesting there is no meaning in the text other than the meaning we bring to it. But nor can we imagine that we are completely objective when we read the text. Africans spot things in the Bible that the Chinese don’t immediately see; the Chinese see things that we in the West don’t immediately recognize; and, of course, we in the West perceive things that African and Asian Christians overlook. The questions of one culture are different from the questions of another culture, and none of us can avoid bringing those questions to the text–nor should we.
Here is the broader value of studying history: it gives voice to the questions and perspectives of times and places other than our own. This is my defense of history when people ask, Why bother studying the past? Studying history is an act of „democracy.” I’m listening to the many voices of the past rather than to the few voices of this „blip” we call the 21st-century Western world.
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