Hegel Contra Biblical Literalism

“For the theologians say that we ought to hold exclusively to the Bible. […] Theologians, however, they are not; such an attitude has nothing of a scientific, theological character. But just as soon as religion is no longer simply the reading and repetition of passages, as soon as what is called explanation or interpretation begins, as soon as an attempt is made by inference and exegesis to find out the meaning of the words in the Bible, then we embark upon the process of reasoning, reflection, thinking; and the question then becomes how we should exercise this process of thinking, and whether our thinking is correct or not. It helps not at all to say that one’s thoughts are based on the Bible.”

-Hegel, The 1827 Lectures on the Philosophy of Religion

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About jleavittpearl

Philosopher and Theologian out of Pittsburgh PA.

Posted on January 2, 2015, in Quotes and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Hegel is an interesting dude, but the problem with the enlightenment thinkers is that the post modernists grammatically based thinking tore their conclusions to shreds. I don’t even know of any Classical Liberal Christians anymore.

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