Thomas on Hermeneutical Objectivity

“Our quest for objectivity in interpretation resembles our quest for Christian sanctification. Rather than expending all our energies explaining why we cannot attain absolute holiness, let us set our sights on the target of being holy as he is holy (1 Pet 1:16). The fact that we cannot attain unblemished holiness does not excuse us from continuing to pursue it without becoming preoccupied with reasons why we must fail. So it is in hermeneutics and exegesis. Our goal is the objective meaning of Scripture. Let us not become distracted from pursuing it. It is within the capability of the Spirit-illumined believer to arrive at objective meaning—that is, the meaning God intended to transmit through his human authors” (Robert L. Thomas, Evangelical Hermeneutics, p. 57).

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