IS MAKING ANY ACTUAL SENSE AT ALL BIBLICAL?


Can Incoherence Be Biblical?

I suggest that exegeses and interpretations that generate incoherence, inconsistency, and contradiction have hermeneutical significance, that is, they indicate that such are not valid exegeses and interpretations of the relevant biblical texts. Coherence, consistency, and non-contradiction serve to determine exegetical and interpretive validity. Therefore, non-Calvinists also reject Calvinism for the logical and moral incoherence it generates. As Justin put it, Calvinism doesn’t “square off” with other biblical teachings, our moral intuitions, how we reason and how we live.

It seems to me that non-Calvinists believe logical and moral reasoning are indispensable to a sound hermeneutic whereas Calvinists do not.

So, even in the face of their logical and moral incoherencies and contradictions, the Calvinist remains theologically unmoved. Why? Because the Calvinist thinks that their logical and moral incoherencies and contradictions are ultimately not significant for determining the validity of their exegesis and interpretations. The Calvinist claims that their exegesis transcends any philosophical and moral objections non-Calvinists level against the interpretive conclusions of that exegesis.


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