Fall 1967

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The rather pedantic title of this article could be more simply stated: "For the Bible it takes two to he right." It is not that the Bible ever stops and works out a theory of truth or of human knowledge. It presumes this and the content of that presumption shines through every page of its writings. Biblical truth, the word of God as it comes to mankind, appears Overview, 1: Scripture. in and through a dialectic of - a talk given in opinion, a clash of different Chicago theology analyses, an unresolved destudy days. bate, and an ongoing discussion. The Bible does not present us with a succession of monolithic statements whose proponents seem primarily in+ terested in proving their lack of contradiction, their coherDOMINIC CROSSAN, O.S.M. ent logic, and their eradication of all doubt and development. The presence of dia+ lectical analysis completely riddles the presentation of theory and fact in the Biblical writings to an extent so widespread as to be self evident. But like many self evident things it can easily be ignored and has usually been forgotten in epistemological discussions. The thesis of this article is precisely the assertion of that fact. The word of God came to the people of God through a dialectic of discussion in the Bible. 297