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Baker Academic Whose Community? Which Interpretation? Philosophical Hermeneutics for the Church

The fifth book in the Church and Postmodern Culture Series, Whose Community? Which Interpretation? is Merold Westphal's introduction to philosophical thinking as it relates to Scriptural interpretation. Westphal, a renowed philosopher, recognizes that no theology is completely free of philosophical thought or argument, and therefore a hermeneutic from this system of thought must be carefully developed in conjunction with our understanding of God's Word. Westphal provides a historic overview of contemporary theories of interpretation, while addressing postmodern hermeneutical theory. He argues here that the relativity embraced in postmodern thought is not the same as an "anything goes" kind of relativism. Ultimately, Westphal encourages us to embrace the proliferation of interpretations as a way to best get at the richness of the biblical text.
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