By far, this is the among the stupidist view of historical criticism that I’ve read.
“Mary had a little lamb”
All of us are familiar with this line from childhood. Many may recall seeing pictures of a little girl with a prancing pet lamb at her feet. You may not be able to hear these word, even now, without that mental image in your mind. As charming as the iconic scene may be, this is simply not what the poem is about.
Th poem was first published in Boston in 1830. It is essential, then, to understand that it is an ancient New England (ANE) text, and needs to be interpreted in that milieu. The ANE world was not in the least interested in the activities of small children, and social interaction with livestock was not at all their concern. Rather the focus of the age was on health and hygiene. The now-familiar Graham cracker was invented in this era as a health food, for example.
Thanks to Jason for calling attention to this garbage.
Granted, Marv hasn’t blogged since last year sometime (Update: Jason says he is blogging), and we can all be thankful for that, but retreating to Theologica still allows him a place to spout his silliness.
So many things wrong with in. First, he takes as an example a cultural situation very relative to ours. It was New England, 181 years ago. Now granted, this has stopped David Barton and his ilk from failing to understand what the people of the time, well, the time just before that one, actually were talking about about. One should actually understand what higher criticism actually is before they start to attempt to make satire.
- Apologists, Inerrancy, and Apostasy (diglotting.com)
- Does Higher Criticism Attempt to “Destroy the Bible”? (scotteriology.wordpress.com)
- Does Higher Criticism Attempt to “Destroy the Bible”? II (scotteriology.wordpress.com)
- Does Higher Criticism Attempt to “Destroy the Bible”? III (scotteriology.wordpress.com)
- And This Week’s Dilly Goes to… (zwingliusredivivus.wordpress.com)