11 August 2006

How Not to Do Exegesis

I saw this on AWAD and thought of you. Unfortunately, far too many conservative Christians think that this is the way to discern biblically God's will for their lives.

bibliomancy (BIB-lee-o-man-see) noun

Divination by interpreting a passage picked at random from a book, especially from a religious book such as the Bible. [From Greek biblio- (book) + -mancy (divination).]

If you are having a hard time deciding between turning groupie and following your favorite band around or to stay put in your accounting job, help is at hand. Try bibliomancy. Here's the step-by-step method:

1. Pick a book you trust a lot.
2. Put it on its spine, and let it fall open.
3. With your eyes closed, trace your finger to a passage.
4. Interpret the passage as your lifemap to the future.

You could even add more randomness to the process. To do that at the macro level, visit a library and pick a book at random from the shelves. At the micro level, instead of interpreting a passage, pick a single word and let it point you to your path.

3 comments:

Luther's Stein said...

This may be the best thing I have ever seen.

smlogan said...

second that...
especially since it is the only hermeneutic many people ever learn
(as is evidenced by baylor)

petros said...

love it! pitts, you have set the course of next semester exegesis and hermeneutics... much thanks!

btw, isn't it time for a new clock?