Terminology Tuesday: Polemics

This is a term that some apologists have an issue with due to its appearance of being an “Offence” as opposed to a “Defense”. Polemics exist in some form with most religious beliefs. By definition;

*The art of disputation or controversy (the defense of a thesis by formal logic). A polemic can also be the aggressive refutation of another position or principle. In theology polemics often refer to the attempt to show the superiority of Christian teachings over its rivals by means of a systematic, ordered declination of the Christian belief system (a systematic theology) that shows the internal consistency of Christian doctrine as well as its congruence with human knowledge as a whole.

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Brian Mason

* Stanley J. Grenz, David Guretzki & Cherith Fee Nordling, Pocket Dictionary of Theological Terms (Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 1999), p. 92

Terminology Tuesday: Homophony

Homophony is defined as a copyist error where the copyist writes a word with a different meaning for another word when both words have the exact same pronunciation. The word comes from the Greek word homophōnía dating back to 1770-80 AD. An example of this would be writing the letter “T” and confusing it with the beverage “Tea”. So in the case of the Bible manuscripts, an error like that in copying would create a textual variant which could be responsible for a seemingly contradiction in the text, which did not appear in the original autograph.

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Brian Mason