I glanced at the Syrian Palestinian thread and could make neither head nor tail of it, so good for you that you’ve broken away and given us newcomers a chance, but…
1. I still don’t know what it’s about. How about a brief summary?
2. Your list is mind-numbing. Without concrete examples I’m stuck.
3. I’ve come across dual interpretations before but I’m not sure where. It might have been Avicenna and Islamic theology but I’m not sure. What I do recall is that my immediate reaction then as now was to question the point of it. I simply cannot see the purpose of dual interpretations except to conceal meaning from (some, many, most?) people. Why do that? What about the folk who miss out? This strikes me as being a meritocracy without merit. If a higher power is behind this then God help most of us. The Gnostics have lot to answer for.
4. If a text is long and complicated (e.g. the Old Testament) there will be people who insist it has hidden depths. Before entering their arcane world one should question their motives and simply ask ‘why?’. I have never found the answer convincing.
Maybe you find it difficult to understand allegory - to read sub-text and hidden meanings. I know some people do ... it's not a criticism. It's just a fact that everyone has different strengths and weakness, and I have plenty of the latter.
Grumpage wrote:This exchange is now at an end.
Ishtar wrote:Monk - if you think you can put this disagreement you and I are having over Gnosticism and Christianity to bed with a little homily on post-hoc reasoning, all I can say is ... boy are you in trouble!
Is that all you've got?
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