By Revd Dr Village Andrew
There are many books approximately how humans should interpret the Bible. This booklet is ready how humans in church buildings really interpret the Bible, and why they interpret it within the means that they do. in response to a research of Anglicans within the Church of britain, it explores the interplay of trust, character, adventure and context and sheds new mild at the approach that texts have interaction with readers. the writer exhibits how the result of such learn can start to form an empirically-based theology of scripture. This certain research methods reader-centred feedback and the theology of scripture from a very unique approach, and may be of curiosity to either students and those that use the Bible in churches.
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In the 1970s, the Bible Society sponsored a series of surveys in the UK that assessed matters related to the Bible. 2 This scale consisted of 14 items referring to beliefs about the Bible (‘The Bible is God’s message to all mankind’) and items that reﬂected more general attitudes to the Bible (‘The Bible seems like a very boring book’). The survey sampled 1136 people across England and provided a useful snapshot of attitude towards the Bible among the general population in the early 1980s. At that time, around 80% of households had a Bible and about 12% of the population read the Bible at least once a week.
I have persisted with such an approach in the belief that the current fashion may be just that, and that the value of empirical study may remain when postmodernity it has run its course. One has only to look at the extraordinary success of the biological, medical and physical sciences to see that empirical method, for all its faults, is a powerful way of describing complex systems. However, the recent developments in the philosophy of hermeneutics are a useful reminder that in this area of endeavour, as much as any, it is important to understand the limitations of method.
Changing Methods in Biblical Studies This changing philosophical and cultural climate has spawned a wide range of new methods for studying the Bible in the academy. 4 2 See, for example, Lyon (1999: 7–24) or Alvesson (2002: 18–46). Adam (1995: xii) reminds us that deﬁning postmodernity is a preoccupation more suited to modernity. 3 Postmodern academic study of the Bible is not a ‘method’ as such, but a range of styles of reading. The characteristics of these ways of reading have been summarized by Adam (1995; 2004), Aichele et al.
The Bible and Lay People: An Empirical Approach to Ordinary Hermeneutics by Revd Dr Village Andrew