Goldingay on Critical & Experiential Biblical Study

"The central tragedy of the history of biblical study over the past two centuries is that the objective, distancing, critical approach to scripture and the obedient, trusting, experiential approach have proceeded in substantial independence of each other. The one is appropriate to the scholarly game and the exam treadmill, the other to believers on their knees praying or on their feet preaching. People are brought up on the second approach, struggle with the first approach to get a degree, and then revert with relief to the second when they escape from their tutor's eye. [They say] It is the application of the Bible in the contemporary world that counts; there is not enough time for the luxury of the distancing, critical approach. In fact, however, our contemporary application will be shallow or predetermined by the insights and experiences we bring to scripture or both if we concentrate exclusively on the question of contemporary application" (John Goldingay, Models for Interpreting Scripture, 264).

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