Sunday, September 27, 2009

Sola Scripture's grandson, 'Bible-Onlyism'

Bible-Onlyism is a disease going around Protestant Christian circles nowadays. I will be presenting a brief study done on interpreting the creation account in Genesis 1-2 in the class. Each of the members of the group will be presenting different views:

1) Literal-Direct
2) Gap/Reconstructive
3) Age-Day
4) Framework

I will present the fourth view. After our proposal, there will be time for objection by the other person in the group, and then a time for defense. So it will goes this way: Propose; Object; Defense.

Not only through this study, but also in other area of inquiry, I have heard people said that as long as a statement is not found in the Bible, or contrast by a surface reading of it, that statement cannot be true. And the view that I will be proposing is that even a statement (our universe is 13.7 billions years-old) is not in the Bible, and contrast by a surface reading of Gen 1-2, that statement can still be true.

"...John Calvin belongs to that part of the Christian tradition which affirms philosophical achievements... It has been said that Reformed theology consists of "the Bible, the whole Bible, and nothing but the Bible." Of course, Calvin affirms the centrality of the Scripture, but, by his example, he suggests that one who knows only the Bible does not even know the Bible."
(Charles Partee, Calvin and Classical Philosophy, p.146. Bold added.)

Here's the irony. I'll be defending the Framework Hypothesis but I disagree with it in my essay. It has its own blindspot.

3 comments:

reasonable said...

One who thinks he knows only the Bible does not know that he does not know only the Bible... he is not aware of his intrepretative lens... others are safer when they are conscious of their interpretative lens.

Tremonti said...

Interesting!!!

Like the majority of grandsons maybe they did not really understand the implication of 'sola scripture' and went over too much to extremes.

" I have heard people said that as long as a statement is not found in the Bible, or contrast by a surface reading of it, that statement cannot be true."

I think truth has been over defined for some who take this position. This tendency is still very much prevalent.

Jon

Sze Zeng said...

Hi reasonable, good point there. Usually the Bible-Onlyist thinks that they are the one who doesn't need any interpretative lens. They read the Bible as what it is.


Hi Tremonti, yes, it is prevalent over this part too. This disease is everywhere!