[b-hebrew] Faith and fact

Daniel Purisch daniel.purisch at gmail.com
Mon Jul 23 17:01:56 EDT 2007

Dear Yigal,

I'd prefer the formulation that faith interprets the facts. This  
group, of course, is for the facts, while it is the individual's  
responsibility and obligation to discern their meaning. That doesn't  
necessary mean inventing reality to fill the gaps; it means  
synthesizing and developing a consistent world view. Let's not  
continue on this subject however, lest we venture outside our agreed  

Kol tuv,
Daniel Purisch

On Jul 23, 2007, at 12:07 PM, Yigal Levin wrote:

> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Bryant J. Williams III" <bjwvmw at com-pair.net>
> To: "Yigal Levin" <leviny1 at mail.biu.ac.il>; "b-hebrew"
> <b-hebrew at lists.ibiblio.org>
> Sent: Monday, July 23, 2007 8:08 PM
> Subject: Re: [b-hebrew] Dinah raped?
>> Dear Yigal,
>> It is not a statement of faith if it is based on fact.
> What is? "That the Bible has an intrisic 'true' meaning, which  
> previous
> generations simply did not understand but which we now do"? That's  
> FACT and
> not faith?
> It is a statement of
>> faith if it is not based on fact. Faith and fact (knowledge,  
>> reason) go
>> hand
>> in hand. The one cannot exist without the other.
> No. One uses faith in order to fill in the gaps in fact. "Reason" is a
> matter of faith.
> Yigal Levin
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