Monday, June 10, 2019

Reading scripture …

… In scripture, we find not just religious thought and theory—but a challenge to how we read | Prospect Magazine. (Hat tip, Dave Lull.)

These two formidable scholars have produced serious and inspiring contributions to a highly-charged contemporary debate. Both take it as axiomatic that scripture can be related in interestingly creative ways to ritual and belief. They also highlight that the dominant western mode of understanding religious texts—an individual reading a printed book on their own, deciding what to believe and then persuading others of that belief—is at best unhelpful and, at worst, a violation of what scripture should truly be for.

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