“Fourth false assumption: Since the supernatural is impossible or cannot be demonstrated, religions and the history of religions “should be studied apart from all intervention of God.”
But “it is one thing to abstract the supernatural character from religion and quite another thing to deny the supernatural.” Since Christianity claims to be supernatural, it should be investigated as if it were so. Failing to consider this claim, upon which all of Christianity rests, reflects a materialist bias, often presented as “scientific.”’
This one especially hit home with me for some reason.
With me too. I think it addresses thos preachers who put the gifts of God, job, house, position, power, etc. first in their lives and not God alone first in their lives.
Sadly, that is also what many of the preach.
The supernatual is totally taken out of it. (Almost NewAgey, isn’t it?)
A bit like studying a particular man while trying to ignore his personality.