8919Re: "The Lost Gospels"
- Jan 7, 2004--- In email@example.com, lady_caritas <no_reply@y...>
> Gerry, you're probably asking the wrong person because I can
> a few incidents when I was very young that make me twinge whenher
> hearing terms like the "true religion" and "aberrant."
> Now, surely, my playmate down the street wouldn't have known a term
> like "aberrant" at her young age, but she certainly didn't mince
> words when indicating she nonetheless had a clear idea of themeaning
> behind this term. I wasn't a member of her "true religion" andsince
> I also didn't know the catechism, I was going to hell, you see.And somehow, just when we think we're free from them, they manage to
> Yes, those were her words. I was truly straying from what she had
> been taught was the "true" path.
> And, I've been doing my darnedest to keep straying from such mean-
> spirited opinions ever since... ;-)
track us down for a little renewed torment. Yeah, it's a bitch,
Your story reminds me of something that happened at work a few years
ago. A sixteen-year-old girl who was working with us that summer
told a young friend of mine that he was going to hell because he
didn't go to church anymore. Geez, the fresh mouths of youngsters
today! Anyway, after Ben (only 3½ years her senior) got over his
initial mortification, I further consoled him by pointing out that
the girl's father, who manages to find other things to do on a
Sunday, has been told the same thing by his daughter. I suppose one
has to admire that nepotism doesn't get in the way of her being an
equal-opportunity offender. ;-)
> It's very possible that Dr. Ehrman was speaking only contextuallybut
> from what would be an orthodox viewpoint in particular instances,
> it would be helpful to clarify this to avoid confusion. Since wesee
> him later addressing this particular word, "aberrant," perhapscontext
> someone did bring this to his attention or perhaps he even caught
> this himself. Nonetheless, in the same work _Lost Scriptures_, you
> mentioned earlier that he equated "heresy" with "false belief."
> Hopefully, in the future he'll continue to shed light on the
> of a few questionable terms.interested
> On the whole though, you seem to *not* find his writing showing
> a "penchant for the conventional Christian view." I'll be
> to see what your impressions are when you have a chance to hear Dr.Not only "possible," but I'd say that Ehrman was most definitely
> Ehrman in person at the upcoming seminar.
speaking "contextually" in the above example. It was merely the
wording of that "context" that I found to be occasionally awkward,
and potentially misleading.
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