From: Ben Crick (email@example.com)
Date: Sun Jun 13 1999 - 01:40:33 EDT
On Sat 12 Jun 99 (15:36:21), firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
> Paul seems to change the focus of his discussion when he starts the sin
> list. To me it looks like Paul says the following:
> v. 26b-27-Men and women "metyllaxan" (exchanged) natural relations for
> unnatural relations.
> v. 28-"Kai kathos" (and because of this) they stopped believing in God,
> and so he "paradoken" (gave them over) them to do evil things.
> v. 29-The things in this list are the evil things they did.
ISTM that the KAI KAQWS refers back to the DIOTI in verse 21:
*DIOTI* GNONTES TON QEON OUX hWS QEON EDOXASAN H HUCARISTHSAN, KTL.
Verse 24 continues the reasoning:
*DIO* PAREDWKEN AUTOUS hO QEOS, KTL.
Verse 26 continues:
*DIA TOUTO* PAREDWKEN AUTOUS hO QEOS, KTL.
Finally verse 28
*KAI KAQWS* OUK EDOKIMASAN TON QEON ECEIN EN EPIGNWSEI, KTL.
So Paul is arguing that the deviant behaviour was the *result* of their
suspending belief in God, not the *cause* of their suspending belief in
God. They gave up on God; so God gave up on them.
-- Revd Ben Crick, BA CF <email@example.com> 232 Canterbury Road, Birchington, Kent, CT7 9TD (UK) http://www.cnetwork.co.uk/crick.htm
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