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Critical Realism and the New Testament (Princeton Theological Monograph Series) Paperback – January 1, 1989


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  • Paperback: 242 pages
  • Publisher: Wipf & Stock Pub (January 1, 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0915138972
  • ISBN-13: 978-0915138975
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.6 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #290,157 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By John D. White on April 2, 2007
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This is a fantastic book. Be warned, however, this is not easy reading. One may see his influence on NT Wright's work. Ben Meyer in this book has established himself as a very thoughtful New Testament scholar. Though one could quibble with using the philosophical work of Catholic philosopher/ theologian Bernard Lonergan (I won't here)-- regardless--this is an outstanding contribution to biblical studies. I only wish it were more well known. Along with Meyer's book "The Aims of Jesus" this book should be on the shelf of everyone interested in understanding the New Testament better.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By DLPhillips on October 3, 2013
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Ben Meyer has attempted to sketch in some detail the historical and philosophical questions related to Christianity in light of the Enlightenment's confidence in human reason, and the present shift toward the postmodern hermeneutics of suspicion. Reading Meyer requires the accompaniment of a good dictionary for widening one's vocabulary (at least for me), but if you want to understand the current debate over hermeneutics, Critical Realism will be rewarding. For Meyer, critical realism is a middle ground between realism and idealism. According to Meyer, though the old Enlightenment structures of positivism have crumbled, we are not left in the dark sea of relativism. Instead of the hermeneutics of suspicion, Meyer calls for the "hermeneutics of consent." He agrees that human beings approach the truth within the context of their own human experiences, cultural perspective, and hermeneutical assumptions. However, human beings can also critique their assumptions and biases, and choose (consent) to extend their horizon.
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A fascinating read on the philosophies of epistemology and scriptural interpretation. Ben Meyer takes us through the history of reading scripture and how cultural philosophies have bent interpretation like light through a lens seeing things from a particular perspective. Critical realism looks at the ardent search for truth in the reflections and judgement that define the drive to know. Biblical scholarship is a beneficiary of such a philosophy of reality.
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