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Epilogue: Dialogue, Meaning, and Authority

G. B. Caird

Edited by L. D. Hurst

in New Testament Theology

Published in print September 1995 | ISBN: 9780198263883
Published online February 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780191603372 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0198263880.003.0011

Series: Clarendon Paperbacks

 Epilogue: Dialogue, Meaning, and Authority

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This chapter argues that Christianity has always been a dangerous religion, and that the biggest mistake lies in trying to make it safe. The only way to prevent rampant subjectivism is through free academic debate, harsh self-criticism, and the examination of one’s own presuppositions. Christians have long attempted to give to the scriptures a sense other than the plain sense intended by those who wrote them. The danger is greatest when dogma or philosophical presuppositions are allowed to take control of exegesis. Scripture can also become an instrument of Satan if used for the purpose of coercion or regimentation.

Keywords: dialogue; meaning; authority; Christianity; Jesus Christ; God

Chapter.  2686 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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