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Changing the meaning of this particular verse doesn’t circumvent the metaphysical paradox of an eternal being participating in temporal reality. There was never a time when God was without the knowledge of his creation. God’s knowledge is his being. Changing the interpretations of this verse does not change this reality. It also seems that the concept in question is the meaning of the word kosmos rather than katabole, and the meaning of kosmos is not ambiguous, and to my knowledge cannot be read as “human culture.” The deeper problem I see arises from the attempt to distance God’s economy from his being. I tend to lean the other way and see the cross not as the one time God shared in the suffering of humanity, but the one act that reveals he has shared our suffering all along.
I agree that the role of human experience has been diminished. In a follow up to this post I mentioned that what I agreed with about Derek's criticisms was a desire for greater detail regarding Brian's contoured reading of scripture. But what Derek saw as a Marcionite reading, which some of Brian's language seemed to embrace, I saw as a Figural reading which embraces creativity, imagination, and human experience into interpretation. This type of reading is described in Hans Boersma's book "Scripture as Real Presence" which I highly recommend and Ephraim Radner's "Time and the Word" which I am looking forward to reading! Thank you for your comments Lewis.
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