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Art. 19. Affermiamo che i presupposti dell’interprete della Scrittura devono essere in armonia con l’insegnamento biblico. Respingiamo l’idea secondo la quale la Scrittura dovrebbe essere adattata ai presupposti che le sono estranei o che sono incompatibili con essa quali il naturalismo, l’evoluzionismo, lo scientismo, l’umanesimo e il relativismo.


The question of preunderstanding is a crucial one in contemporary hermeneutics. The careful wording of the Affirmation does not discuss the issue of whether one should approach Scripture with a particular preunderstanding, but simply which kinds of preunderstanding one has are legitimate. This question is answered by affirming that only those preunderstandings which are compatible with the teaching of Scripture are legitimate. In fact, the statement goes further and demands that all preunderstanding be subject to "correction" by the teaching of Scripture.

The point of this article is to avoid interpreting Scripture through an alien grid or filter which obscures or negates its true message. For it acknowledges that one's preunderstanding will affect his understanding of a text. Hence to avoid misinterpreting Scripture one must be careful to examine his own presuppositions in the light of Scripture.

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