CritRdg1 - Stephanie Warner RELIGION 175: Introduction to...

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Stephanie Warner RELIGION 175: Introduction to the Critical Study of Biblical Literature Critical Reading Questions #1 Critical Reading Text: Selections from Benedict Spinoza and Ernst Troeltsch (on Blackboard) Instructions: The following questions are designed to help you discovery some of the most important points in your reading selections. The questions follow the basic course of the two articles. (1) Why does Spinoza restrict the interpretation of scripture to only what can be established clearly in the original author's intention and meaning? Spinoza restricts the interpretation of scripture to only what can be established clearly in the original author’s intention and meaning so human emotions and beliefs do not get mixed into the meaning. Another reason Spinoza restricts the interpretation of scripture is because some of the events in the bible are beyond human understanding. (2) What does Spinoza say we must employ above all else to arrive at a proper interpretation of an ancient document? That knowledge of Scripture must be obtained from Scripture alone.
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This essay was uploaded on 04/15/2008 for the course REL 175 taught by Professor Bidmeadandhanges during the Spring '06 term at Miami University.

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CritRdg1 - Stephanie Warner RELIGION 175: Introduction to...

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