Tuesday, April 17, 2018

"Horizon" Moves As We Move: Comfort for Distressing Bible Readers

it moves as we move

Isn't it comforting to know that "horizon" in our biblical interpretive act is not grimly and hopelessly fixed but rather fluid?  

"The word horizon does not have precisely the same meaning as 'presupposition' or even 'point of view'," says Anthony C. Thiselton. Rather, "it moves as we move, and can expand its scope." Whereas "presupposition" suggests a fixed, defensive standpoint, "horizon" permits negotiation, whether with a text or with a person. It allows self-correction, as reading and listening to a text reshape our horizon and it also allows "expansion of vision, as it allows us to see more of God and human life."

Reference: The Thiselton Companion to Christian Theology, sec. "Horizon." / Anthony. C. Thiselton, The Two Horizons. New Testament Hermeneutics and Philosophical Description with Special Reference to Heidegger, Bultmann, Gadamer, and Wittgenstein, 1980. (Esp. chapter 11 on the thought of Gadamer regarding the distance and fusion of horizons. p.293-326)