Hoax of Higher Criticism

This isn’t a detailed analysis and refutation of higher criticism (though such are listed in the bibliography). Rather, it is an examination of the presuppositions behind the higher critics’ methods. Their goal is simple: to show that God is divided. If God cannot give a unified Covenant Word to his people, then his (eternal) sanctions do not imply.

North writes: “North: An unknowable god is the only god who is acceptable to modern autonomous man, for an unknowable god presumably will not bring final judgment to inherently uninformed and uninformable finite mankind. We must never forget: the primary goal of self-proclaimed autonomous man is to escape God’s final judgment. So, in order to escape this judgment, the higher critics spin a web of pompous verbiage that they hope and pray – well, at least they hope – will protect them from the eternal consequences of their God-defying rebellion” (31).

Problem: how do I know what is true in the bible and what is just symbolic? By what criteria?

Circular reasoning: The methods used by higher critics are circular: they use their colleagues’ reconstructed literary texts to reconstruct the biblical past, and they use their own newly reconstructed biblical past to further reconstruct the biblical texts (34).

About J. B. Aitken

Interests include patristics, the role of the soul in the human person, analytic theology, Reformed Scholasticism, Medievalism, Substance Metaphysics
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2 Responses to Hoax of Higher Criticism

  1. cal says:

    Not that I’m defending the creepiness and quasi-demonic nature of Lovecraft’s writings, but he’s useful for refuting North’s moderns. If there’s an unknown god, there’s no reason he’s benign or inept, but may be the source of all our woes, so terrifyingly transcendent that his malevolence is really just some disinterested exercise of will. John Gray is the same way for atheists: we’re really just one step away from, and in self-denial about, being cannibal monsters.


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