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"3. Interpreting the Bible: All reading of Scripture (including a literalist
approach) involves subjective interpretation. For example, to read the
stories of Jesus' birth as literal historical accounts involves an act of
interpretation just as much as reading them as symbolic narratives (namely,
it involves a decision to read them literally). The recognition that all
interpretations are subjective does not, however, mean that all are equally
good. About any interpretation, one may ask (or be asked), "what have you
got to go on? Why do you read it that way?"
["Faith and Scholarship" by Marcus J. Borg
August, 1993 issue of _Bible Review_]



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