3 thoughts on “In defence of the Pharisees: on humility and righteousness (Luke 18; Pentecost 20C)”

  1. Inevitably followed if a popular leader push the original ideas into more confrontational positions than originally intended Eg Calvanism & Calvin. As a psychologist & minister I see most belief systems as integral to the identity stability of the believer. Those who are psychologically healthy can review their own projections of need to evaluate what they commit to in belief. Consequently, they can change and grow. Those who are threatened by new ways of interpreting a text will close down – not to protect the text / but to maintain social and psychological identity. It will be impossible for some people to engage in the rigorous debate of which John speaks because it is too threatening to identity.

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