After 163 posts, the Back to the Bible thread is finally winding down. Before proceeding onto the more detailed look at Psalm 110:1 that I hinted at in the combox, I would like to bring to the attention of AF's readers some recent reflections from the pen of the highly respected Evangelical scholar, Roger E. Olson:
I admit it. I am a fallibilist–with regard to human beings (except when being infallibly inspired by God). My definition of “theology” is human reflection on God’s infallible revelation. (Or, in the case of philosophical theology–human reflection on God insofar as unaided reason is able to know something about God.) In other words, I assume that all theologies (outside Scripture itself) are fallible because they are created by finite and fallen human beings.
Unless a person is quoting Scripture in the original language, he or she is humanly interpreting Scripture. There is no such thing as a statement about the meaning of Scripture that is not human interpretation. “It’s interpretation all the way down” applies to every theological system and doctrinal statement. (Roger E. Olson, "Why can't we all just admit our theologies are flawed?".)
Finally, an honest, sober admission from one who holds to the principle of sola scriptura. Any Christian who is not either Catholic or Eastern Orthodox, should deeply reflect on Dr. Olson's cogent assessment...
Grace and peace,