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Creative Tension: Mystery (p3)

posted by Robert Gelinas

Knowingunknowable_1 Lucas describes an ancient way of interpreting the Bible, one that he argues Jesus used, it’s called "halakic reasoning."  Simply put it is holding "both strands of a paradox in tension and balance, knowing that with God both sides must be true.  It’s the process of firmly grabbing both ideas in paradox and then merging the two into a greater understanding of the character and nature of God."

What the ancient Hebrews called "halakic" we call jazz. 

Lucas does a masterful job of pointing out that while the Bible contains "no real contradictions" it does contain plenty of paradoxes.  When it comes to a paradox the goal is to "grab on to both sides" and see that they actually "compliment, reinforce, and enhance each other."



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