Avoiding Idolatrous Claims of Knowledge

I ran across this quote by Hans Boersma (J.I. Packer Professor of Theology at Regent College)in a “Community Called Atonement” by Scot McKnight:

“[Metaphors] are a divinely given means to avoid idolatrous claims of knowledge. Metaphors are non-literal descriptions of reality. They are an acknowledgment that we need to access the world around us in an indirect fashion, and that the idea of direct and complete access is an arrogant illusion that violates the multifaceted integrity if the created world.”

“Non-literal descriptions of reality”. Wonderfully put.

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  1. #1 by logiopath on August 13, 2008 - 3:30 pm

    A Doctorate, as in Dr. Phil Brown, PhD, MS, MA, MOUSE.

    No, no, no! The metaphor still exists, it is just covered in the acts of worship. Ecstatic experience turns the idea into an idol, but the metaphor is at the core–in other words, the idea that started the whole shebang.

  2. #2 by Christian Beyer on August 13, 2008 - 3:47 pm

    Well, we are at an impasse here. You are east and I am west, and ne’er is there a train of meat.

  3. #3 by logiopath on August 13, 2008 - 5:19 pm

    We’re at an impasse? You mean I’m right and you don’t know how to respond?

  4. #4 by Christian Beyer on August 13, 2008 - 7:37 pm

    Uh…sure. Now, have you taken your meds?

  5. #5 by logiopath on August 13, 2008 - 7:56 pm

    No, have you taken yours? (and I don’t mean Jack and Jim)

  6. #6 by Christian Beyer on August 13, 2008 - 8:00 pm

    Oh. Well, then, no. I haven’t. When did they change my prescription?

  7. #7 by Ambrosia de Milano on August 13, 2008 - 9:10 pm

    I don’t know, why don’t you ask your Director of Clinical Services?

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