Thursday, January 10, 2013

On the Dangers of Pre-Glorified Exegesis: An Open Question

…you cannot hope to theologize correctly simply because you have read the Bible and base your theology on the Bible. If you do this, you cannot avoid becoming a heretic, because Holy Scripture can be correctly interpreted only when the experience of theosis accompanies the study and reading of the Bible” 
Fr. John Romanides, “Patristic Theology”, p. 12. 

Assuming this is true, as well as applicable to social and political theology, couldn’t it reasonably be argued that public discourse is dominated by heretics defending their supposedly scripturally-based views of morality? Or, am I not being charitable enough in assuming that few of our pundits have experienced theosis?