Sunday, May 15, 2011

Judgment Day...for Christian Philosophy and Scholarship

If the Lord returns on May 21, Camping won’t have known that May 21 was the day, but rather would simply have gotten lucky. In any case, odds are that May 21 is not the day.

With that said, Dr. White forgot one thing: allegorical and symbolic methods of biblical hermeneutics may well come under greater skepticism and scrutiny after May 21 comes and goes; the same goes for those who attempt to place dates and contra-“scientific” dates on past biblical events.

Having witnessed the aftermath of the Campingites’ buying into one form of erroneous hermeneutics and epistemology, other Christians might do well to take a second look at the allegorizing of theistic evolutionists regarding Genesis, or amillenialists’ comparison of Revelation and OT symbolic prophetic texts, and so on. After all, Harold Camping’s error shows that hermeneutics matters, and who really wants to make similar mistakes with this sort of thing in mind?

1 comment:

Kwame E. said...

P.S. BTW, none of this is to say that amillenialism is incorrect. ;)

P.P.S. (very-inside joke) If this comment goes through, then wonders never do cease.