Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Hermeneutics vs. Soaking and Individualism vs. Community

Corrected and Constrained by the Text from The Gospel Coalition on Vimeo.

D.A. Carson, Tim Keller and John Piper have an important discussion on the impact of hermeneutics and returning to basic, thorough Bible knowledge. As a topic within that discussion they highlight the importance of individualism as well as community. These discussions are highly important. I have recently come across the testimonies of three Dallas Theological Seminary graduates (two of whom were professors there) who testify to the creation of a special class of professional Bible interpreters who descend into Pharisaism. The popularity of modern Bible scholarship and the new availability of that scholarship may have negative effects as well as positive. In addition, being a natural loner and individualist living within a tight knit crucible of community ethics allows me to appreciate the side topic of the discussion as well.

We must be careful to let the Bible shape our views. Our constant soaking in the very Word of God will do far more for us than a proper hermeneutical method or a moral observance of the current theological vogue.  

1 comment:

  1. Good clip. I would say that God raised up those "individuals" for the sake of the community.