The tyranny of individualism in interpretation

Kent Eilers posted a nice quote from D.H. Williams, warning about the Protestant tendency to emphasize individual Bible reading so much that we end up with individual “popes,” each with their own authoritative interpretation. The quote ends like this:

 It is a Pyrrhic victory for Free church Protestantism when the net effect of its teaching results in the replacing of the tyranny of the magisterium with the tyranny of individualism [Retrieving the Tradition, Renewing Evangelicalism (Eerdmans, 1999), p. 201]

You can read the full post and comments over at Theology Forum.



3 Responses to “The tyranny of individualism in interpretation”

  1. Stuart July 1, 2010 at 5:07 am #

    Marc, this link is wrong I think….

  2. Marc Cortez July 1, 2010 at 5:19 am #

    Thanks. I fixed it.


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    […] Marc Cortez points us to the following article, which is re-published here with kind permission, and  perfectly articulates a sad phenomenon I witness all too often, namely, folks throwing out with careless abandon, our creedal heritage. […]

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