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Featured Are Traditions Needed?

Discussion in 'Christian Philosophy & Ethics' started by Natsumi Lam, Apr 6, 2019.

  1. Unnamed Guy

    Unnamed Guy Member

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    de·con·struc·tion
    /ˌdēkənˈstrəkSHən/
    noun
    1. a method of critical analysis of philosophical and literary language which emphasizes the internal workings of language and conceptual systems, the relational quality of meaning, and the assumptions implicit in forms of expression.
    That is exactly what I was taught except it was called "biblical research" and it was quite easy to learn.
     
  2. mnphysicist

    mnphysicist Have Courage to Trust God!

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    That's great to hear of how it worked for you, but sadly for most people it can be many months and years of dark nights of ones soul and despair, and for some they are left with a shipwrecked faith (thus why doing so in community is so important). Within the domain of Christianity, I think a more nuanced definition from this article on CP is:

    Deconstruction is a careful and deliberate examination of one's beliefs from the inside. It's about coming to terms with what you believe outside of your inherited beliefs. It's about growing INTO your faith, not out of it.

    Holding fast to tradition often prevents deconstruction from happening... but its not always possible due to external triggering events or even a desire for growth. (Consider the transition from a Fowler stage 3 to 4 for example).
    James Fowler: Stages of Faith — Lexington Avenue Baptist Church

    For purposes of defining traditions, I am referring to Biblical interpretations (Bibliology, OSAS, atonement theories, eschatology etc), not church practices (incense, music, liturgy or not)
     
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