Thursday, February 28, 2013
Thursday, February 14, 2013
An interesting point-counter-point has developed. It seems like a good place for discussion to start, and it still makes me think I don't fit either group. However, it appears to be a series of points based off solely Van Drunen. I still think the 2K/Transformationalism is a spectrum or a sliding scale. But, it is a nice thing to read if you want a starting point for discussion.
That is not to say I think it is great. Because I also think that the Counter-Point is occasionally squarely and unhelpful. Take points 8-10.
Point 8 lays out the 2K claim that Lex Talionis governs the Common Kingdom. Point 9 then admits that it is flexible, imprecise, and capable of softening. Point 10 is then "Principles of Mercy and Forgiveness do not govern the common kingdom". Straight forward enough. The Counter-Point is "Principles of mercy and forgiveness do operate in the common kingdom, if one understand the common kingdom to include families, personal relationships, etc."
Now that is unhelpful in my opinion. First, "govern" and "operate" are not exactly parallel. Saying one governs does not mean that the other cannot operate. Second, Point 9 admitted that mercy and forgiveness can and do operate, they just don't govern. At least that is how I read Point 9. So, I feel that sometimes the guy wants to disagree and make a point and does so in less than upfront ways.
Still, it is a place to start the discussion. Enjoy the reading.