Saturday, January 21, 2006

R. Scott Colglazier Has it Wrong

In the Texas star-telegram R. Scott Colglazier writes about Pat Robertson and the failure of taking the bible literally. He says: His approach to Christianity is one of biblical literalism, an approach that treats the Bible as the literal word of God, and therefore the stories of the Bible as applicable to ALL people for ALL time. There are two problems with biblical literalism. First and foremost, you wind up damaging the Bible by trying to literalize every word and story, and, second, you eventually make outrageous applications of it by ignoring the differences between the contemporary world and ancient civilization. When Robertson interprets Bible stories about God punishing people for their sins and destroying entire cities, he concludes that these events literally happen and illustrate how God works in the world today. Contrary to his clumsy understanding of Scripture, I happen to believe that God has never been in the destruction business. Yes, such stories exist in the Bible, but they are reflections of an ancient people trying to make sense of catastrophic events rather than an accounting of the destructive powers of God. In other words, it's one thing to believe that God did something; it's another to believe that God is portrayed as doing something. I do not understand why the press continues to pump out article after article on Mr.Robertson. Its a moot point, as everything he says is only the opinion of one man, and not an entire branch of Christianity. In fact the Rev. doesn't even preach at a church anymore. Mr.Colglazier goes on to state:I would be in favor of eliminating all theology (different from eliminating theologians!) that assumes a divine "cause and effect" when it comes to interpreting the events of the day. The apostle Paul once wrote, "We look into a mirror dimly," which was his way of saying that everyone, including Pat Robertson, should slow down when it comes to claiming what he or she knows for certain about God. It seems to me that what is called for in our complex world is a more reasoned approach to faith and the Bible, because when the best of reason is utilized, not only does it help you understand what you know; more importantly, it helps you understand what you don't know and dare not claim to be true on behalf of God. Nice "interpretation" Mr.Colglazier....next time..please keep it to yourself.

7 Comments:

At 1/21/2006 10:37:00 AM, Blogger Willis said...

Why should Colglazier keep his opinions to himself?? Robertson certainly doesn't.

 
At 1/21/2006 03:45:00 PM, Blogger neocon22 said...

agreed willis, everyone should be able to voice their own opinions. although, i do believe that Colgazier accusing the Rev. of a clumsy interpretation is, in itself, a statement that exudes condescention towards the Rev.'s personal views on the Bible. Colglazier is obviously berating the Rev. is going for his interpretation.

 
At 1/22/2006 12:33:00 AM, Anonymous Rtwng Extrmst said...

While I'm not one for claiming to know what God means by events of the day, I certainly find it ironic that society pokes so much fun at Mr's Robertson and Nagin when in reality so many seem to have no trouble at all playing God themselves.

 
At 1/22/2006 12:41:00 AM, Anonymous Rtwng Extrmst said...

And another thing, how does Colglazier know that the Apostle Paul really wrote that and it wasn't just a "portrayal" of him writing that? For that matter, how does he know that this wasn't just a "portrayal" of an apostle and not a real apostle at all??? Hmmmmm, makes you wonder how he determines just what is and isn't true in the Bible....

 
At 1/22/2006 06:46:00 AM, Blogger plunge said...

Robertson doesn't preach to a church? Yeah, sure: he just speaks to millions who watch him. That's what being a "televangelist" is all about. Given that Republicans both federal and in Virginia spend plenty of time kissing his ring in private even if they don't want his voice in public, I'd say that attempts to paint him as an irrelevant loony who doesn't represent a sizeble group of people is doomed to fail.

 
At 5/12/2013 11:18:00 AM, Blogger tiresias said...

anybody ever heard of the difference between "spirit of the law" and "letter of the law?" robertson lives by the letter, colglazier the spirit. who has the authority to decide which is better?

 
At 1/26/2014 06:19:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Scott Colglazier is the biggest fake I've ever met. As a minister, he is a total failure. He is only in it for the money. I used to work with him and believe me, MONEY was all he was interested in. He is unfit to voice a religious opinion of any kind. In a nutshell, we have religious differences. He thinks he's God and I certainly DO NOT!!!!!

 

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