Consider this a dangerous post, and a post that will be easily misunderstood. For here I am about to make a point that explores a biblical theme and apply it to today. But in so doing, I am “holding other things equal”—a technique which examines a certain aspect of a problem and focuses on that one thing, while not denying that other factors and issues are also at work.
As such this form of argumentation (ceteris paribus – other things being equal) requires a kind of sophistication on the part of a listener (or reader) that in the wider culture is not much in evidence today. Most often today people hear a point and absolutize what the speaker is saying, or presume the speaker means the...READ MORE