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The bible and retroductive reasoning



The influence of biblical empowerment sees the awful side of life but does not listen to it. It removes itself, takes a step back by reducing daily life into an encyclopaedia of events to learn from, into justifications for why things are the way they are. The events of daily life become mere rehearsals of the icons of good and bad produced in an intolerant reading of the bible. Its interpretation has been reduced to a catechism. It is the interpretation by retroductive reasoning: the particulars of experience are observed but do not expand knowledge, instead they feed back into a rigid frame of reference, a personalised, stagnant metaphysical landscape loosely informed by the axioms of religion, continually confirmed suspicions, superstitions and prejudices and local fears.



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