Sunday, August 16, 2015 4:17 AM

The New Hermeneutic

Sunday, August 16, 2015 4:17 AM
Sunday, August 16, 2015 4:17 AM

Hermeneutics is being bandied about in the religious world a lot these days. It is a new way of telling the average Christian that they cannot understand their Bible on their own. Hermeneutics is nothing new and it is not restricted to the Bible. The study of cultural, history, the author, and many factors that help understand a communication has been used down through the ages to help understand all authors. But, scripture is different—it is God breathed—it is Truth. Before you try to understand the Bible you must recognize, know and honor God. Most proponents of hermeneutics do not and it is these writers that have invented the “new hermeneutic”.

As a Christian, you may say “What does this have to do with me?” It has everything, because most seminaries and the academics that teach our pastors are its proponents. Here is a quote on this “new hermeneutics.

The new hermeneutic is in truth the end of the … road. Its denial of the reality of revealed truth, linked with its rejection of the subject-object frame of reference for knowledge of God through Scripture, produces a state of affairs beyond which there is nowhere to go. Logically, the new hermeneutic is relativism; philosophically, it is irrationalism; psychologically, it is freedom to follow unfettered religious fancy; theologically, it is unitarianism; religiously, it is uncontrolled individualistic mysticism; structurally, it is all these things not by accident but of necessity. We leave it, and move on.[1]

 

[1] Carson, D. A., & Woodbridge, J. D. (1992). Scripture and truth (p. 344). Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House.

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