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D.A. Carson – My Interpretation vs. Objective Truth

20 Sep

All the challenges arising from postmodernism and philosophical pluralism are connected in some way with hermeneutics, with how we interpret things. Postmodernism is an outlook that depends not a little on what are perceived to be the fundamental limitations on the power of interpretation: that is, since interpretation can never be more than my interpretation or our interpretation, no purely objective stance is possible. Granted this conviction about the nature of the interpretative enterprise, philosophical pluralism infers that objective truth in most realms is impossible, and that therefore the only proper stance is that which disallows all claims to objective truth.

~D. A. Carson~


The Gagging of God: Christianity (Grand Rapids, MI; Zondervan; 2002) p. 57

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D.A. Carson – The Change in the Debate

21 Nov

Many generations have recognized how difficult it is for finite and sinful mortals to come to close agreement as to the objective truth of this or that subject, but this is the first generation to believe that there is no objective truth out there, or that if there is, there is no access to it. This necessarily changes the character of at least some of the debate.

~D. A. Carson~


The Gagging of God: Christianity (Grand Rapids, MI; Zondervan; 2002) p. 53

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Gerald Bray – Our Treasure is Not for Hoarding

20 Apr

When we are dealing with people who think differently from us we cannot put the gospel of Christ to one side. Our faith in God is not just a philosophical belief in a supreme being; it is a life-changing experience of the one who has made us what we are. Everything we think, say, and do bears witness to this, and there is no aspect of our lives that is not affected by it. Other people need to under- stand the all-embracing depth of our convictions, even if they do not share them. Because we love them as we believe God loves them, we have a duty to tell them that what has happened to us can and ought to happen to them too. The treasure we have received is not for hoarding but for sharing, and it is our duty to go out and find those whom God has called to be his sheep.

~Gerald Bray~


God is Love: A Biblical and Systematic Theology (Wheaton, IL; Crossway Books; 2012) p. 19

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