Proof-texting

Here is something I stumbled across:

I suggest that the use of proof-texts is a manifestation of laziness and the desire to get something for nothing.

From Facing the Proof Text Method by Henry E. Neufeld (who I do not think is a well known theologian of any denomination but I rejoice in Truth no matter who said it!)

The immediate context is a discussion of biblical hermeneutics. Yet, having just received a new copy of Denzinger’s Sources of Catholic Dogma, I think the same could be said about neo-scholasticism.

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