AWAKENING TO THE INTELLECTUALISM OF THE BIBLE

     After doing six years of research in church history, garnering some 3000 5×8 notecards (about 6000 pages of writing, since they were writing on both sides), I entered Morehead State University in Kentucky in order to work on a Masters in American Social and Intellectual History.  Just prior to that time, I had begun to list doctrines that were two-sided or composed of two apparently contradictory ideas.  Some call such truths paradoxes, while others call them antinomies.  I eventually developed the term crisnalogical, short for dissonant and Christ, showing how He unites the seemingly mutually exclusive ideas in one synthetical (two ideas together instead of synthetic which implies the artificial) truth.  What all of this meant for the nature and effect of biblical teachings as they relate to beliefs and behaviors, I would come to understand with the passing of time and the development of perspectives for such ideas, like viewing a mountain at a distance.

During my studies for that degree, the thought begin to intrude upon me: If the Bible is inspired by omniscience, then it follows that it ought to reflect the wisdom that is commensurate with that fact.  I would spend several years during the seventies writing papers on various doctrines that were two-sided, apparently contradictory and yet, evidently, complementary.  I would discover with the help of thinking from scholars in other fields that the two parts of two-sided truth, like two poles (negative and positive) of a dielectric), were designed to create a field in the mind or a tension which enabled a believer to be balanced, flexible, creative, constant, and magnetic.  Papers reflectiving such realities would be written during my studies for the Master of Divinity and the Doctor of Ministry and, later, a Master of Arts in eclectic psychotherapy.

There comes that, Ah Ha!” moment, that time when one begins to see how the new understanding can be applied.  This would begin as a small thought and grow with the passing of time, grow into a passion for the enlightenment and enlargement of the truths set forth in God’s word, along with the wherewithal to recognize the use and effect of these truths during various periods in Christian history.  More will, hopefully, be said later, but the point here is to whet the appetite for a better insight and consequent behavior with new powers for working out old problems as well as dealing with new ones.

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