Tuesday, August 16, 2005

Truth and Propositions

An emphasis on the Bible as “truth”, I suspect, has led to the mining of it for theological propositions, the content of its “truth” that we can affirm and stand upon. This has in turn led to the neglect of the natural function of genres such as narrative, psalm, and apocalypse. Each is treated as a source for prepositional data, a treasure trove of theological truth to be abstracted and systematized. I do not deny that there are many theological prepositions presented as such in scripture, even within these larger genres. But the focus upon propositional truth has lead to the neglect of the scriptures other rich and varying functions.

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