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  • Rodney Cecil
    Sep 16, 2003
      On Tue, 16 Sep 2003 17:29:36 -0000
      lady_caritas <no_reply@yahoogroups.com> wrote:

      >Hmmm, there is another possibility that the Bible is
      >still considered
      >by some to be authoritative, but just not in a literal

      What you say is quite true Cari, about those who consider
      the Bible to be authoritative without it being inerrant "in
      all its parts" as one confession puts it. Again, I know
      (too often after the fact) that I make a lot of statements
      from my own personal experiences, often forgetting that
      others with totally different backgrounds may not realize
      what I'm trying to convey.

      >As far as going beyond the Bible to other sources, there
      >are going to be those who will still interpret other
      >through the eyes of orthodox-informed theology

      When I first became aware of Gnositicism I tended to read
      things like the Nag Hammadi library in this very manner. I
      guess old habits sometimes die hard.

      A couple months ago I read Elaine Pagels' _Beyond Belief_
      and came across a passage where she was saying that we
      extol artists for creativity and imagination but abhor the
      same qualities in theologians, whereas the ancient Gnostics
      valued them (if I'm off a little regarding what she
      actually said, forgive me; my memory sucks). I thought that
      her statement was very exciting, at least for me
      personally. Now, when I read the Old or New Testaments, or
      the Gospel of Truth for instance, I consciously try to take
      a "creative and imaginative" approach. Its interesting.

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