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I liked that bit as well (also that he is only refering to protestant theology and no catholic after the reformation, mentioning Harnack in particular.)
No, the Bible is of course composed. (We cannot go back before modernity means that as well)

The fact that the holy spirit guided the composers, is a different matter. But part of the reason, why your theology degree is so long in Germany is because you are supposed to learn greek and hebrew, and you have to look at the different levels of textual formation of the scripture (words that don't fit, events that don't make sense). There is Q, which is a source for Matthew and Luke.

No, the Bible only works as a composition. Anybody that thinks differently should look at what is really there. (and that includes original fragments and transcripts, translations and soforth)

by PeWi on Fri Sep 15th, 2006 at 08:18:39 AM EST
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You're contaminated by having studied theology in a scientific institution. Recant!

Snark aside, I should butt out of this. Like I said, this is going to degenerate into textual criticism, and that is an even stranger source for inter-civilisational casus belli than editorial cartoon drawing.

Those whom the Gods wish to destroy They first make mad. — Euripides

by Carrie (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Fri Sep 15th, 2006 at 08:23:17 AM EST
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