Sunday, August 29, 2004

The Limitations of "Secular Only" History

From the Boar's Head Tavern courtesy of M Spencer:

"George Eldon Ladd. Simple. Brilliant.:
"The secular historian feels bound to interpret all ancient records, sacred and secular, in terms of known observable human experience, historical causality and analogy. In history as thus defined, there is no room for the acting of God, for God belongs to the theological category, not to that of observable human experience. However, the biblical records bear witness that God has acted in history, especially in Jesus of Nazareth, that in him God has disclosed his kingly rule. If this is a true claim, the secular historian has no critical tools for recognizing it, for his very presuppositions eliminate the possibility of God acting in history. Therefore, the secular approach cannot understand the Bible. A method must be employed which allows the interpreter to understand the New Testament as the record of God’s act in the Jesus of history."
This is something that has been rattling around in my brain for a few years. I needed somebody else to sum it up so nicely.

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