Re: an honest question...

From: Perry L. Stepp (
Date: Wed Sep 24 1997 - 15:58:47 EDT

Jack Kilmon wrote:

> Tendentiousness of any form is an obstacle to scholarship.

Tendentiousness is human and inevitable. You base your views, etc., on the
feelings that reading the text in a particular language gives you--the
"voice" Jesus has in Aramaic. This is neither less nor more tendentious
than other rationales. It's circular and subjective, but no more so than
other views. And you have the grace and sense to honestly describe the
rationale for your preferences.

The true obstacle to scholarship is when someone has so much emotion (or
ego, or career, or whatever)
invested in their views that they cannot see themselves, their views, or
their methods critically or with a modicum of clearheadedness.


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DeSoto Christian Church, DeSoto TX
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Now the night is breaking and the storm is past,
And everything that could be shaken was shaken
And all that remains is all I ever really had.

What I'd have settled for You've blown so far away;
What You've brought me to I thought I could not reach.

          --Rich Mullins, 1955-1997


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