Thursday, July 16, 2009

Posting on Sojo.net Interpretation, Hermeneutics, and Judge Sotomayor.

I just post on http://sojo.net/ a post, Interpretation, Hermeneutics, and Judge Sotomayor. What interested me about the whole process she is going through is how the theories of Constitutional law mirrors the debates about Biblical interpretation. Should, in interpreting the Constitution, look at context, word meaning within culture, and the host of others issue, or should a judge just look at plain meaning of the text. The complaint of activist judges seems a bit naive. One man's activist judge is another man's upholder of the Constitution. Most biblical interpreters have gone down this road already. Just ask a biblical scholar about the meaning of Greek word, "authenein" in 1 Tim 2:12 and watch the sparks fly.

2 comments:

B-W said...

What an interesting and appropriate observation! Wish I'd thought of it.

jay said...

I agree, a very interesting post.

I like the idea of "the plain meaning of the text". Trouble is you can very seldom get two people to agree what "the plain meaning" of the act actually means. It depends, I guess, on where your hermeneutics starts from. As most people, judges and theologians, scientists and politians have within their mind a subjective set of prerequisites, whether they want to acknowledge this or not is a different matter altogether. Good post.