A Text Without A Context Is A Pretext For A Prooftext
I was just listening to a talk by Greg Boyd where he was saying, “A text without a context is a pretext for a prooftext” . I don’t know if it is orignal to Boyd, but it was a punchy and well placed statement within what are usually really encouraging sermons by Boyd. He was talking about the importance of exegeting the scriptures within their original and occasional contexts. Greg was talking about how so many verses and sentences from the bible are often quoted with total disregard for the meaning and context from which they come from. It really is a good message. Listen to it over at Woodland Hills’ website.
It reminded me of the great blog post I was reading this week over at Jesus Creed. Scot Mcknight was registering his disappointment along with Ed Stetzer about the mismanaged journalism concerning a recent interview of Rick Warren . It reminds me of what happened on the blogosphere when Rob’s Love Wins hadn’t been released yet. It turns out it was a simply “a text without a context” that became “a pretext for a prooftext”.