Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Can you recognise the argument?

Here is the structure of a theological argument about an issue at contention in my part of the Christian church. I will leave out the content and give only the structure. See if you can guess the actual issue.
Side A:
1. The Bible literally teaches or exemplifies the position.
2. The dominant and historic tradition of the Christian church until very recent times has followed a literal understanding and straightforward practice of the issue.
Side B:
3. But the inner principles of the Biblical texts do not necessarily require a literal application.
4. And modern scientific knowledge, unavailable to the first century NT writers, provides important guidance pointing to a change of practice.

What is the issue at play in this disagreement?