Monday, November 23, 2009

C.S. Lewis on Why to Seek an Author's Intention

C.S. Lewis on Why to Seek an Author's Intention
(John Piper)

1.Courtesy

Treat authors with respect and seek what they were trying to communicate. I call it the hermeneutical Golden Rule: Do unto authors as you would have them do unto you. Most of us are offended if someone spreads the rumor that we said hurtful x, when in fact we said helpful y.


2.Authority

If we are reading the Bible, it’s authority lies in the author’s intention (ultimately God’s) not our perceptions. We honor the authority of scripture by doing the hard work of thinking authors' thoughts after them.
By John Piper. © Desiring God. Website: desiringGod.org
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