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Compounding Dilemmas of Divergent Understandings

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Submitted by M Tovey (United States), Aug 26, 2020 at 20:57

It is intriguing that this observer's nom de plume is spelled differently; yet the message is received with the same level of importance as if the name remained the same.
We continue these exchanges with the earlier intrigues you have explored in such a way that this reader continues to be fascinated by the unexpected revelations of how Western Civilization was formed by Eastern interpretations of religious intellectualism, meant to be submitted to a common expression. This is compounded by modern attempts to bring modern understanding as to why there is such a conflict between oriental concentration of thought and occidental reversionary thinking that attempts to connect to the oriental origins, yet failing to do so.
The Sitz im Leben call for analytical perceptions of religious overtones in the ancient tomes has a sense of the Gnosticism originally found in the letters from Peter and Paul, a skepticism that has been the bane of reading 'what is written' for the lack of not really reading the Gospels for the truth they contained, but reading them for the interpretations the intellectual scholars want the students to take away.
And that's the takeaway we are stuck with today; that the simplicity of the written ancient tomes are smothered in rationales of multiple interpretations which becomes the reason Christianity is misunderstood by so many. The modern interpretations by the German scholars are the leaders in this obfuscation; and the later scholarship of the late 1800's is buried deep in this situations of Sitz im Leben. Poor St Thomas Aquinas is immersed in this also.

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