Liberal Christian Interpretation

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To answer this question I will go into three main topics what interpretation is, what fundamental Christians believe and what conservative Christians believe.
Firstly I would like to go into interpretation, or more accurately hermeneutics, ‘which is understanding and interpreting what an author has written based on ideas and principles drawn from outside of scripture in historical, literary or other fields.’ Interpretation is often very subjective and therefore it is very difficult for people to come to a similar conclusion. So interpretation must take into count certain questions such as
• Who was the writer?
• To whom were they writing?
• Is the choice of words, wording, or word order significant in this particular passage?
• What is
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There are two main ways of interpreting the bible in today’s society these groups are called Conservative Christians and Liberal Christians
Liberal Christians: The idea of liberal Christianity was prominent in the 19thand 20th centuries. ‘The style of Scriptural hermeneutics (interpretation of the Bible) within liberal theology is often characterized as non-propositional. This means that the Bible is not considered a collection of factual statements, but instead an anthology that documents the human authors' beliefs and feelings about God at the time of its writing, authors influenced by their own historical and cultural context.’ Instead, liberal Christian theologians have an almost allegorical interpretation of the Bible which emphasizes the moral or other spiritual lessons which can be learned from its stories.
Christian fundamentalism began in the late 19th and early 20th centuries among British and American Protestants as a reaction to theological liberalism and cultural modernism. Fundamentalists argued that 19th-century modernist theologians had misinterpreted or rejected certain doctrines, especially biblical inerrancy, that they viewed as the fundamentals of the Christian faith. Fundamentalists are almost always described as having a literal interpretation of the Bible. In keeping with traditional Christian doctrines concerning biblical interpretation, the role Jesus Christ plays in the Bible, and the role of the church in society, fundamentalists usually believe in a core of Christian beliefs that include the historical accuracy of the Bible and all its events as well as the Second Coming of Jesus
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