Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Unpublished Comment on Cross-Currents: "Is Heresy Horrible?"

For the record, I submitted a comment to Cross-Currents regarding the following post:  Seems they're not going to publish the comment; can't figure out why not.  Here is the comment:

Excellent article. One critique:
“When faced with questions about Torah, our first response has to be loyalty to the Torah that we love.”
The problem with this statement is that on an individual level, if one’s loyalty to Torah is based on one’s belief in its veracity, then one’s first response to (substantive) questions regarding its veracity must logically be to confront the questions and determine the facts. For such a person, loyalty to Torah is a result of one’s search for truth, not a prerequisite for it.