Monday, August 31, 2009

Two Quotes

"Justice without love is brutality. Love without justice is banality."

~ John Dominic Crossan

"While often unconscious of their interpretive method, many Christians today nonetheless frequently employ an intuitive or feels-right approach to interpretation. If the text looks as if it could be applied directly, then they attempt to apply it directly. If not, then they take a spiritualizing approach to the meaning--an approach that borders on allegorizing the biblical text (which shows little or no sensitivity to the biblical context). Or else they simply shrug their shoulders and move onto another passage, ignoring the meaning of the text altogether."

~J. Scott Duvall and J. Daniel Hays, Grasping God's Word: A Hands-On Approach to Reading, Interpreting, and Applying the Bible. (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2005), 20.

1 comment:

J. Ford said...

I've definitely taken the "shoulder shrug" approach a time or two (or three *insert shameful head bow*). These quotes are challenging to say the least, but necessary to say the most. Thanks Mike! Gonna try harder to be diligent with appropriate scripture study! Keep these reminders coming future preacher man :)