Monday, August 17, 2015

Reflection for the Week–August 17

If an interpretation theory of texts, God, other, and world does not include a place for selfhood, it is at greater risk of excess (overstating) or deficiency (understating), which thereby invites a misinterpreting the interpreted and provokes the illusions of absolutism or relativism. When excesses and deficiencies control hermeneutical horizons, nothing real challenges the interpreter. That is, the lacuna regarding selfhood in the interpretive process produces an embedded “status quo,” thus leaving the interpreter “untouched” by what is interpreted. Interpreting means being interpreted by and being appropriately interpreted ignites the possibility of redemptive change. When “selfhood” has been left out, it’s no wonder that transformation does not actually take place. Since living a transformed life is not an option, but a necessity, we would do well to avoid illusions and embrace holistic hermeneutical strategies.