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Holy Scripture [Jun. 21st, 2011|11:23 am]
Tony Grist
I attended theological college in the 1970s- where I was taught that the old testament is unhistorical, the gospels utterly unreliable, the sayings of Jesus plagiarised  and the whole Bible (though it wasn't put that way) a crazy patchwork of lies and forgeries.  I was then expected to go out and preach from it as if I believed it was the Word of God.

It did my head in. 

When I became a witch I made a virtue out of there being no such thing as a Wiccan scripture.  
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[User Picture]From: ooxc
2011-06-21 08:49 pm (UTC)
I think that "after a fashion" expresses that - and the point was surely that it can't be done, and no-one expects it to be done. The part that I don't understand is the "expected to teach it as if it was the Word of God" part. Didn't they teach you anything at all about John's Gospel and Genesis?
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2011-06-22 08:17 am (UTC)
The Gospel reading that precedes the sermon closes with the words- "This is the Gospel of Christ", not with "This is a story some unknown author made up a couple of generations after the supposed crucifixion of Jesus."

In the context of worship there is surely a presumption that the preacher will treat the text s/he is preaching on as divinely inspired.


Edited at 2011-06-22 08:18 am (UTC)
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From: (Anonymous)
2011-06-22 09:51 am (UTC)
Yes, of course - but recognizing divine inspiration doesn't exclude examining the text for sources - which was why I asked whether you weren't taught anything about what the Fourth Gospel says about Genesis and the Word of God.
Also, now I think about it, it was long before 1970 that I was taught that - probably around 1958. Also, surely you were taught the meaning of Gospel?
That must have been a really weird theological college - did you never think about trying a different one?
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2011-06-22 10:11 am (UTC)
Westcott House, Cambridge- 1973-76.

I forget what St John says about Genesis. It would be a kindness to remind me.

Gospel is old English and means God's word, right?
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[User Picture]From: daisytells
2011-06-24 12:34 am (UTC)
It means "good news".
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