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Historical Criticism and Personal Commitment

Historical criticism did not develop merely as an intellectual project. Rather, it emerged, with its appeals to reason and a shared human past, as an interpretive framework thought to be capable of uniting humanity, overcoming religious divisions, and advancing an enterprise in which all confessional commitments were treated equally – because all commitments were equally excluded. In this way it merely facilitated the relocation of personal commitment: from belief in the creeds of the Church to belief in the critical canons of the academy.

– Michael C. Legaspi

“What Ever Happened to Historical Criticism?” Journal of Religion & Society 9 (2007)

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