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Scripture and Its Interpretation ch 20: The Bible and Spirituality
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The period of European intellectual history (also known as "The Age of Reason") in the late seventeenth and the eighteenth centuries, when human reason was cultivated and applied to traditional teachings, including religious claims, texts, and authoritative teaching.
The act of "leading out" of the text a meaning based on the careful literary, historical, and/or theological analysis and interpretation of a text; in contrast to eisegesis ("reading into"), though it is generally recognized that no interpretation is without bias.
hermeneutic(s) of suspicion
A sort of "guilty-until-proven-innocent" approach to the biblical text because of its alleged patriarchal, oppressive, or otherwise problematic nature or influence.
hermeneutic of trust
An approach to the Bible characterized by trust in its ability to be a place of encountering God and the divine word; in contrast to a hermeneutic of suspicion.
Prayerful meditation on Scripture, often compared to "chewing," usually consisting of several steps, including slow reading of a passage, meditation on it, prayer, and action in response.
An idiom signifying the ultimate goal of biblical interpretation as the person's or community's embodying the Scripture in daily life.
The non-Western nations of Africa, Asia, and Latin America that make up the majority of the world's population; replaces the older nomenclature of "second world," "third world," and "two-thirds world."
A phrase coined by Paul Ricoeur to indicate the interpretive stance of those who have moved from the "first naïveté" of the uninformed interpreter of Scripture through a time of critical distancing from the text to a place of renewed, informed openness to the text.
theosis (or theōsis)
From Greek theos, "god"; a term, especially common in Orthodoxy, signifying the destiny of humankind—to share in such divine traits as holiness and immortality and thus become "gods" (i.e., godlike) by grace; sometimes referred to as divinization or deification.
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