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  1. It’s an intriguing approach, but when do you get to the Christocentric part? If people can be inspired to imitate Jesus as they would the fictional characters you mentioned, what a different placed this world would be!

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    1. Mike,

      Since my goal is to come up with a christocentric hermeneutic that can actually be explained and implemented (rather than just talked about in academic circles), it’s taking a loooooong time to lay the groundwork.

      We haven’t actually even gotten to the specifically christocentric part yet and it’s already quite a paradigm shift for some people.

      I agree that the possibilities are exciting! And I think (hope?) we’re getting close to the nuts and bolts stage.

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      1. rey

        Its funny to me when Calvinists (not saying anyone here is one, just making a comment) always pit the idea of being Christocentric against being Anthropocentirc. Because Christ himself was more Anthropocentric than Christocentric. “The Son of Man came not to be served but to serve.” Oh, how Christocentric of you Christ! The Calvis would condem Thee as an heretick! (Yes, with a K)

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        1. If we subscribe to a given school of thought – whether it be Calvinism, Dispensationalism, Evangelicalism, Roman Catholocism, or any other ism – and will only consider as valid interpretations of Scripture that coincide with the subscribed school of thought, what is the point of reading Scripture?

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        2. Two thoughts:
          1. That seems a bit short-sighted. Why did Christ come to serve? For the redemption and reconciliation of sinners. And what was the purpose of that? To the praise of his glorious grace. So, yes, Christ’s service was Christocentric if you take the long view.
          2. Jesus wasn’t applying a hermeneutic to Scripture – he was interpreting his actions – so the criticism wouldn’t apply in the first place.

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  2. Leslie, it appears to me that within your deconstruction process, the processes of application are implemented within the reconstruction process.

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    1. Craig,

      That is either probably or certainly true (not sure which yet). The difference is that the application is not conceived of as an external, behavioral, (dare I say it) pragmatic step, but as a natural expression of an internal transformation.

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