Tuesday, October 05, 2010

Modern Exgesis

The other day I posted about the Church Fathers' exegesis of the Good Samaritan parable in Luke 10. A friend of mine sent me a note on how this passage would be interpreted using modern exegetical methods:

"Wisdom from [a liberal college soaked in modern scriptural interpretation] concerning this passage: Obviously what we have here is an author mired in the 'pre-Enlightenment' mindset, otherwise he would have known that there's no such thing as the devil. From the reference to the Levite and priest ...one can see that this is an early Christian polemic against the Jews written to strengthen the sectarian mindset of the Early Church. It's a good thing we have 'evolved' since then and can now focus exclusively on the most important and central concerns of theology: social justice and tolerance. In fact it's a good thing that everything evolves, especially our moral law!"

For a good article on "tolerance," click here.

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