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What Training Do We Need to Interpret the Bible?

| November 22, 2012

Post Author: Bill Pratt Let’s get some facts out on the table about the Bible.  The Bible is composed of some 66 separate documents that were written approximately between the years of 1500 BC to AD 100 in two primary languages (Hebrew and Greek), and produced in cultures and historical contexts that are radically different […]

What Comes First? Epistemology or Metaphysics?

| November 16, 2012

Post Author: Bill Pratt Actually the answer is neither, but we’ll get to that soon enough.  Why ask this question in the first place?  Because philosophy is a discipline that builds one layer upon another (just like many other disciplines), and since philosophy provides a foundation for all of the sciences, it is extremely important […]

How Do We Know Truth Is Absolute, Unified, and Objective?

| November 14, 2012

Post Author: Bill Pratt Tom Howe, in his book Objectivity in Biblical Interpretation, makes the case that there is unity, objectivity, and absoluteness in truth.  To start his explanation, he quotes Mortimer Adler from his book Truth and Religion: 1. The human race is a single biological species, renewed generation after generation by the reproductive […]

What Is Objectivity? Part 2

| September 28, 2012

Post Author: Bill Pratt In part 1 of this post, we looked at contemporary notions of objectivity, as reported by philosopher Tom Howe.   In part 2 we continue to flesh out the concept of objectivity. Tom Howe quotes philosopher Mary Hawkesworth: In the context of philosophical and scientific investigations, an objective account implies a […]

What Is Objectivity? Part 1

| September 25, 2012

Post Author: Bill Pratt We’ve recently featured several blog posts centered around the idea of moral objectivity.  Objectivity is also a concept that can be applied to truth, knowledge, interpretation, and even beauty.  Although we’ve tried to carefully define objectivity versus subjectivity, it might be worth revisiting this concept to see what contemporary thinkers have […]

Are All Interpretations Equally Valid?

| August 29, 2012

Post Author: Bill Pratt Relativism is a constant and ever-present danger these days.  Today I’m speaking, in particular, about the interpretation of biblical texts.  When we open the Bible and read, what happens if we interpret the text differently from those around us? There are scholars today who claim that nobody has the correct interpretation […]

How Should We Not Read the Bible? Part 6

| October 19, 2009

Post Author: Bill Pratt Continuing from part 5 of this series, we now turn to the final three mistakes critics make when alleging errors in the Bible.  These mistakes are taken from Norman Geisler and Tom Howe’s The Big Book of Bible Difficulties. Mistake #15: Forgetting that Only the Original Text, Not Every Copy of […]

How Should We Not Read the Bible? Part 5

| October 14, 2009

Post Author: Bill Pratt Continuing from part 4 of this series, we now turn to more of the mistakes critics make when alleging errors in the Bible.  These mistakes are taken from Norman Geisler and Tom Howe’s The Big Book of Bible Difficulties. Mistake #11: Presuming that the Bible Approves of All it Records. Not […]

How Should We Not Read the Bible? Part 4

| October 12, 2009

Post Author: Bill Pratt Continuing from part 3 of this series, we now turn to more of the mistakes critics make when alleging errors in the Bible.  These mistakes are taken from Norman Geisler and Tom Howe’s The Big Book of Bible Difficulties. Mistake #8: Assuming that a Partial Report is a False Report. Sometimes […]

How Should We Not Read the Bible? Part 3

| October 8, 2009

Post Author: Bill Pratt Continuing from part 2 of this series, we now turn to more of the mistakes critics make when alleging errors in the Bible.  These mistakes are taken from Norman Geisler and Tom Howe’s The Big Book of Bible Difficulties. Mistake #6: Basing a Teaching on an Obscure Passage. Some passages in […]

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