First day of Hermeneutics. Here’s a great thought I just picked up about humility:
Dogmatism is the belief that that truth is absolutely knowable and the attitude: “By the way, I know it.” Scepticism is the belief that the truth is unknowable.
Hermeneutical humility is found between the two polar opposites.
That’s it from the prof. But, it got me considering our Canadian context and the challenge Believers face attempting to share the Gospel. It also makes me consider the reason Believers reject the idea of sharing the Gospel in favour of doing some practical good.
I. Polar Opposites are hubris-ly destructive
IMO, our Canadian culture too easily over reacts and jumps to polar opposites in many topics of conversation, including faith and politics. We too quickly destroy any attempt to add to a pool of meaning because we too quickly polarize.
II. Adding to a pool of meaning requires humility
Hermeneutical humility is where conversation can exist. Our culture could use more of this. I think our culture needs a medium that allows us to keep our identity and values, yet empower us with the ability to create a place of discussion that adds to a pool of meaning.
What about you?
What can you do this week to seek some hermeneutical humility to create a safe setting that allows the a deepening of the pool of meaning? Leave a comment with your thoughts.