Comments: The Hermeneutics Quiz

especially when others are setting the standards of what that consistency is

That's exactly it! Frame the terms--and definitions--of the debate and you're already halfway to winning the debate.

Incidentally, I got a 47. I guess that means I'm a conservative with moderate leanings.

Posted by Daniel Briggs at March 3, 2008 09:30 PM

I scored 37, which is where I would like to be, but I think the test is largely flawed. Maybe, any such test is flawed.

First, this test is flawed by interpretation the author embeds in some of the questions. The question of the death penalty as applied to adultery is especially bad. This would put to question any of the old testament laws that Jesus amended including those he strengthened. When it comes to the Old Testament vs. Jesus - Jesus wins.

The question on prophesy relied on a narrow definition ignoring that every word from God is prophesy. Of course, that is my interpretation of the question derived from my belief that there are no Jonah's telling Nineveh they will be destroyed. At least, none who have spoken directly to God.

Second, it is flawed in that you can see that answering 5 will move you toward liberal and answering 1 will move you toward conservative. Our prior personal assessment will push us toward one or the other.

Personally, I do not think God has ever told me to destroy a pagan people, but God was right in ordering Israel to destroy Canaan. Israel was wrong in not completing God's command.

Finally, I do not like labels. Once you apply a label you build a wall and promote strife.

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