Gorman’s Interpretative Principles – Catholic and Ecclesial

More classwork… at which point, I am tired… –

My starting point when I must dabble in theological reflection is two-fold. I tend to have in mind more than the rest the Catholic Principle and the Ecclesial Principle. I follow Gorman’s statement that the Scriptures were not written to us, but I do believe that they were written for us, but only the ‘us’ of the Christianity community, and not the ‘us’ of modern times, or the such. I bristle when I hear that certain passages, or even as some do with an entire book (Hebrews), are not for us today, or were ever meant to be for us.  Both of these allow me to continue with a bifurcated reading of the text. I am a devoted follower of historical criticism, but I find that I crave the theological reflection which many have given to the text itself, which allowed the Text to transform lives and history. Further, I find the Ecclesial principle to fit well into this reflection model as it allows for a conversation and theology in community aspect. Further, as Gorman notes, a corollary to this latter principle includes the academy whereas I feel that often times, the academy is excluded from the exercise of theological reflection and much to our theological detriment. I can and will start with these two principles in most of my theological reflection, whenever I do dabble in theological reflection, which is not very often.

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One Reply to “Gorman’s Interpretative Principles – Catholic and Ecclesial”

  1. Catholic principles are always the best place to start :). You can tell me that he doesn’t mean the same thing as I do, but I don’t care and I don’t believe you. 😉

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