(Reading and Interpreting Scripture)
WITH: Richard M. Davidson, John C. Peckham, Ed Zinke and Jiří Moskala
INTERVIEWER: Felix H. Cortez
Hermeneutics refers to the theory of interpretation and its methods. It resides at the foundation of Christian faith and life because it determines the bases of our faith and how we approach Scripture. Should we approach the Bible with trust or distrust? What is the role of reason in matters of faith? Questions about whether the Bible is the word of God or if it can be trusted stand at the foundation for every other belief. The videos in this section aid in laying a solid foundation of trust.
Click on the videos to learn how to answer questions about Faith and Reason: Is scientific knowledge against religion? What principles should guide me when I interpret the scriptures? How was the Bible organized and put together? What is a worldview and how it affects my understanding of Scripture? These and other questions are unpacked in the interviews.
Program 1: The Sola Scriptura Principle
With: Richard M. Davidson and John C. Peckham
Program 2: Faith and Reason
With: Ed Zinke
Question No.1: How do we relate reason to faith in general?
Program 3: Biblical Canon
With: John C. Peckham
Question No.4: Why do different Christian religions have different canons?
Program 4: Biblical Hermeneutics
With: Richard M. Davidson and Jiří Moskala
Question No.1: We, as Adventists, have a high view of Scripture; we believe that Scripture is the source for doctrine and practice. We study it. But there is the fact that sometimes Adventist scholars may have different views even though we believe in the same book, and we may quote different positions from the Bible. How do we explain this phenomenon?
Question No.2: Another thing I hear very often is… ‘Why wouldn’t we just read the Bible literally? This idea of hermeneutics is suspect; it is kind of “spinning” like political spinning.’ When we do hermeneutics, are we just trying to spin something about the word of God?
Program 27: Faith and Scripture
With: Ed Zinke
Question No.1: What is Christianity? What is the essence of it?
Question No.4: Some people think that we should not be so narrow in our conception about God; we should have a big enough God or big enough conception of the truth so that all of us as a human family can be under the same umbrella (community). Does this reflect what is found in the Bible? Tell us about the compromises we can and cannot make?
Program 28: Faith and Nature
With: Ed Zinke
Question No.4: The scientists who use their minds and processes to understand nature, they should have some type of relationship to Scripture because otherwise they are left to only an obscured mind. Is this correct?
Question No.5: What happens with the pagans (people who did not have the opportunity to hear the gospel; they lived in places where no one went to speak to them about who God is and what He wanted to do to save us)? Are they going to be lost?