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Steve Makes a Good Point about Oral Tradition

February 3, 2008

Over at Triablogue, Steve Hays has provided a short and amusing look at the logic behind the flawed argument that goes:

1. Paul says Timothy should keep the things Paul communicated to him orally;
2. Paul did not place any time limit on that command;
3. Therefore, Timothy had to follow them indefinitely; and
3. Therefore, also, we have to keep those oral commands.

Of course, the argument is flawed. But Steve Hays tweaks the argument’s nose in a fairly succinct and effective way.

Enjoy! (link) (to which I would simply add: That thou doest, do quickly.)


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