Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Marilynne Robinson on the credulous esotericism of biblical scholarship

A lovely little missive from outside the theological academy, directed right at the heart of biblical scholarship. Amen and amen:

"Perhaps I should say here that when I say 'Matthew,' 'Mark,' or 'Luke' I mean the text that goes by that name. I adapt the sola scriptura to my own purposes, assuming nothing beyond the meaningfulness of forms, recurrences, and coherences within and among the Gospels, at the same time acknowledging that different passions and temperaments distinguish one text from another. I have solemnly forbidden myself all the forms of evidence tampering and deck stacking otherwise known as the identification of interpolations, omissions, doublets, scribal errors, et alia, on the grounds that they are speculation at best, and distract the credulous, including their practitioners, with the trappings and flourishes of esotericism. I hope my own inevitable speculations are clearly identified as such."

—Marilynne Robinson, The Givenness of Things: Essays (New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux: 2015), pp. 241-242

1 comment:

  1. This reference presents the summary findings of a unique Illuminated "Philosopher" who was thoroughly familiar with all of the recent critical scholarship re the fabricated origins and institutional POLITICAL purposes of the "New" Testament. His primary criticism of ALL of it was that none of the scholars had any kind of grounding in, or appreciation of the nature of esoteric Spiritual religion, or the fact that this (the Earth-world) is a psycho-physical realm. Which is of course also the case with ALL of the usual big-time-talkers of conventional self-serving exoteric religiosity - including Robinson.


    Plus this reference on the retelling of the Spiritual Gospel of Saint Jesus of Galilee. Section 17 is especially interesting - it gives a damming criticism of the big-time-talkers of big-time false institutional "religion"

    A reference titled The Gift of Truth Itself


    This reference describes how this is an indefinable psycho-physical realm - it was originally titled/published as The Psychosis of Doubt

    These two references describe institutional exoteric as a now universal scapegoat "game"


    Plus a set of myth-busting essays on religion, science & scientism, and culture altogether