The Folly of Trying to Find An Author’s Intent

Dr. Tom Howe has written an excellent blog post showing that we must look for meaning in a text, not in an author’s mind. You can find it here.

He concludes by saying, “Meaning comes from the text, and it is the text that tells us how we should read it, not some amorphous, unprovable speculation(s) about what was an author’s intention.”

Also see a post I submitted, which you can find here.

This shows once again that trying to create theories of author’s intentions actually result in the reader imposing his own speculation onto a text. Instead, we must look for  meaning in the text itself, for that is all we have. Those supporting the so-called ‘apocalyptic method’ would do well to take heed.

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Christian Apologist & Philosopher
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