Abductive Columns

Monday, August 14, 2006

Evidence of My Descent into Relativism: Not So Fast!

Our subjective experiences color the way we read Scripture—more than we could ever imagine. And unlike us it doesn’t scare or surprise God. This is part of the beauty and mystery of Scripture. The stories of the Bible are remarkably adaptable in speaking to us in divergent contexts. The Bible is not a collection of objective propositions. But largely a story told through hundreds of different perspectives and diverse social settings.

Without a level of subjectivity, Scripture remains a set of abstract and distant propositions. The typographical bias toward objectivity is valuable, but it has a tendency to erode both our humanity and our humility.


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