Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Biblical Wrecksegesis

Definition: When faulty interpretation and exegetical fallacies make a shipwreck of Scripture.

The above quote is found in Fee and Stuart’s How to Read the Bible for All it’s Worth.1 The slide however is a product of the “Visual Copy” feature of the new Logos 6. Logos is arguably the greatest Bible study software in the world—it’s definitely got to be the priciest—and is highly recommended for all scholars, academics and serious students of the Bible. It is one of the tools that can help you to get at the plain meaning of the text and make good sense of it. Which is the very reason why, in addition to pursuing my Bachelor of Theology degree at Laidlaw College (see the “old blog” here), I pushed the boat out even further and, with the help of a major academic discount, gave it to myself as an early Christmas present two weeks ago.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

First Post on the New Blog

...now with 30% more light!

σπούδασον σεαυτὸν δόκιμον παραστῆσαι τῷ θεῷ ἐργάτην ἀνεπαίσχυντον ὀρθοτομοῦντα τὸν λόγον τῆς ἀληθείας.
2 Tim 2:15

All things are made new

This is the first post of the new sting of salt and light.

I've started this new blog because my studies at Laidlaw College have proven to be a real watershed event in my Christian formation. So much so that I'm now highly dubious of the veracity and quality of everything I've written prior to this. In fact, my knowledge base has already widened to such an extent (after only a single, highly successful semester), that I no longer agree with most of the opinions I expressed on the old blog. More importantly than that (after all, opinions are expected to change as one matures), I simply can't continue to build on all the exegetical fallacies and hermeneutical errors I now see I've committed there over the years. If I kept posting on that blog, I'd be giving the false impression that I'm condoning everything posted on it; which would be a terrible disservice to anyone who happened by. As a would-be teacher, it would be dangerous for me, too (James 3:1).

Mind you, not everything I wrote there was wrong or wrong-headed, but the wheat and the tares are so mixed up, it would be a mammoth undertaking to separate them. Yet, since there is a fair bit of wheat, I don't want to delete the whole blog, either.

A new blog seemed like the perfect solution.