Scriptural Reasoning

Go to Main Menu, Bonus topic for my series: Reasoning with Faith, Religion, and Atheism

Scriptural Reasoning (SR) is a growing academic field of study, because it is a relatively young philosophical field of thought.  In some academic circular it is also referred to as textual reasoning and in some Christian scholarly circles it is commonly referred to as Biblical Reasoning or Reasoning from the perspective of the Bible.  Scriptural Reasoning is a inter-religious dialogue of primarily the three major Abrahamic religions.  According to, “Scriptural Reasoning is a practice of inter-faith reading. Small groups of Jews, Christians and Muslims, and sometimes people of other faiths, gather to read short passages from their scriptures.”

Scriptural Reasoning is used as a tool for textual understanding in essential textual beliefs.  It is seen as not just a theological practice, but also an academic practice involving participants from highly regarded secondary institutes involving theologians, religious philosophers, and textual scholars.  It is designed as a method of  interfaith dialogue so that individuals and groups can seek a deeper understanding of theological and philosophical truths.  Unlike other forms of reasoning which are pure logical thought; scriptural reasoning is dependent upon the group atmosphere of exchanging theological ideas and principles.   It usually involves group participant meetings sometimes in mixed religious backgrounds (Muslim, Christian, Jew) or in mixed intra denomintal settings (Pentecostal, Baptist, Presbyterian).  It is done in this methodical fashion because it is about gaining deeper understanding & respect of different theological viewpoints all along the religious spectrum.

Yet it is important to emphasize that theology should not seek to impose itself in other domains of knowledge, or even to displace other areas of thinking akin to itself.  Rather theology presents the case of the coherency of proposing a profound, abysmal reality as the creative environment for the actualities grasped as “data” or “differences” in the discrete areas of knowledge, disciplines and human experience. It tries to perceive a sacred density in and through the finite (Schleiermacher), weaving approaches to reality which other disciplines, epistemologically and methodologically speaking, are barred from undertaking.  Situating theology in a trans disciplinary plane implies that the particular understanding of theology as a discipline is constantly being modified by its interaction with other fields and areas of knowledge. In fact, this is what has happened during the last two centuries.” – Dr. Guillermo Hansen, Reasoning through Theology

To help promote SR, the Journal of Scriptural Reasoning has put together some general guidelines to help facilitate the meetings. 

Many in the academic/secular/philosophical community do not consider Scriptural Reasoning a true form of reasoning and logic thought.  Some don’t find it as practical as inductive or deductive reasoning.  However Scriptural Reasoning does truly display the mindset of how the theist works in that they assume certain presuppositions (i.e. the existence of God) about the text and dialogue about them for the purpose of discovering theological truths.  So even though Scriptural reasoning is considered a form of reasoning, it is very narrow view of reasonable thought.  And if it is not done in a good diverse group intra-faith denominations it can lead to group think.  To summarize it -Scriptural Reasoning is reasoning from the multiple religous perspectives of textual belief.

About M. Rodriguez

When I first received Christ salvation, I made it a priority to read the whole bible and I did. But it was the Bible that made me question my faith. For I found it flawed and lacking. Due to this I launched a personal inquiry/investigation into my faith, and ultimately realized that the Christian God of the Bible was indeed man-made. Now I Blog about those findings and life after Christ.
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6 Responses to Scriptural Reasoning

  1. “Scriptural Reasoning (SR) is a growing academic field of study, because it is a relatively young philosophical field of thought”.

    Reasoning (Mantiq) is not a new field, it being there for ages. Or it just another post-April Fool?

    • M. Rodriguez says:

      no this one was not an april fools joke, this post was put together, because when I did my series study on Reasoning with Faith, Religion, and Atheism. I had some left over study notes on theological reasoning and scriptual reasoning. So I decided to put it together as a post topic, and attach it to the study as a bonus topic. Granted this is not a tradiitonal form of rationaling reasoning, but it is a tool that religious believers use to get a deeper understanding of there religious text. It is almost similar to a inductive bible study.

  2. Noel says:

    I like the fact that it brings people of different faiths together and share ideas about their faiths and also allows people to learn from other faiths. I wonder if this would also invite atheists.

    • Arkenaten says:

      I doubt there would be any room for atheists, Noel. Can you truly imagine Richard Dawkins or the late Chris Hitchins sitting in on one of their meetings and asked to offer comment/crit? I think not.

  3. Scott Martin says:

    That is, it was seen not only as a form of interfaith dialogue , but also as a form of philosophical or theological reasoning.

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