Welcome to Varied Expressions of Worship

Welcome to Varied Expressions of Worship

This blog will be written from an orthodox Christian point of view. There may be some topic that is out of bounds, but at present I don't know what it will be. Politics is a part of life. Theology and philosophy are disciplines that we all participate in even if we don't think so. The Bible has a lot to say about economics. How about self defense? Is war ethical? Think of all the things that someone tells you we should not touch and let's give it a try. Everything that is a part of life should be an expression of worship.

Keep it courteous and be kind to those less blessed than you, but by all means don't worry about agreeing. We learn more when we get backed into a corner.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Opus 2012-33, New Terms: Literalistically

I was listening to Alistair Begg, as usual on my way to work.  He was talking about people who claim to take the Bible literally and demand that everything must be totally concrete.  He pointed out the problem with this approach.  The Bible talks about the eyes of the Lord observing and he said their literal understanding would mean a pair of giant, cosmic eyeballs looking around.  He then made the distinction between taking the Bible literally and taking it literalistically.  This is a new term to me. 

He defined a proper literal understanding means you accept the Bible to mean what it intends to mean.  This would allow for figures of speech, metaphors and symbolism.  Makes sense to me.

He called the extreme version literalistic.  It is a good distinction.

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