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‘Scripture is filled with contradictions and obscurities. In part this is because God wants some things to remain unknown, but it is also the result of the fact that different people read scripture differently depending on the goal they have in view. Many of the apparent contradictions in Scripture are thus not in the text but in the exegesis of the text. Coming to terms of the Scripture requires not the uncompromising assertion of what one believes Scripture to mean, but a broad communal discussion that reflectively compares the multiple views of one’s contemporaries and one’s predecessors.’

Erasmus on Martin Luther’s literal scriptural reading – quoted in The Theological Origins of Modernity – Michael Gillespie