Theology week 2

Theology week 2 - He uses the metaphor of “putting new...

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All three authors talk about the Bible; however, their views differ vastly. Giesler and Howe see the Bible as literal text and go to all sorts of lengths to protect it. They are almost most certainly fundamentalists/Protestants who have mapped out all of the “errors” in the Bible and have tried to refute them. Try as they might, some of their points are dubious and others are simply wrong. Take their first point. They try to make a valid syllogism, which it is, if you were Catholic. However, validity does not imply soundness, far from it. Their argument is not sound and wouldn’t stand up in a debate. Marcus Borg takes a different approach to the Bible in that he does not see it so much as a product of God but as a product of the ancient civilizations. He seems to be straddling the fence between the vastly contrasting views of Giesler/Howe and Attridge. In fact, he does not discuss the Bible’s content but rather informs the reader on how to see the Bible.
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Unformatted text preview: He uses the metaphor of “putting new reading lenses on” to show the reader that being Christian isn’t so much as following the Bible word for word. Being Christian is “trusting your relationship to God and to live within the Christian tradition as a sacrament and let it do its transforming work within and among us.” I thought that that last line was very well written and truly shows the views of this particular author. Lastly, Attiridge takes the direct opposite view of Giesler/Borg. He says that the Bible has numerous historical inaccuracies that can be proven and that it is a story. However, this is not to say that Attiridge disregards the Bible. He thinks of it more like an ethical code of stories of which people read and let it shape their imagination. In his closing paragraph, he says that the Bible can be trusted, as a text to strengthen your relationship to god, but hardly as a textbook of science....
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