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Wednesday, March 18, 2009


Hi Sean - you're right, these are great quotes, and he's making a really important point.

The problem, though, for many of those in our churches, was summed up by Mike Parsons at a recent colloquium (!) where he commented that in Baptist circles the debate is all too often not about interpretation at all, but infallibility.

So it's not the difference between 'writers singly composing' and 'editors and scribes reworking' that defines the popular debate, but that between 'narratives of historical factuality' and 'legends preserved by a community'. And yet as biblical scholars we keep coming in to the ring on an interpretation ticket, only to find that we've already lost the bout on an infallibility technicality.

How come someone how looks like William Hague talks so much sense?

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