Fundies and their decontextualizing
Here’s another great quote from the good Dr Jim West:
Jay [arguing for gay marriage] has, just like his opponents in the issue, politicized the Bible to his own ends. He has decontextualized it, accused it of being unjust (from an anachronistic, modern point of view alone), and then suggested its message needs to be abandoned. He has forgotten, as do the other fundamentalists (for all decontextualizers are fundamentalists be they liberal or conservative) that the message of the Bible is theological.
Anybody who takes passages of Scripture out of context to support their position is a fundamentalist, even if they’re politically liberal.
This makes me glad to go to a seminary where one of the hobbyhorses is “context, context, context.”
If you know of any verses that are particularly obtuse or even dangerous when taken out of context, do share in the comments.
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Tags: Context, Interpretation, Theology