Thursday, December 17, 2009

Extremely Moderate Interpretations


While listening to an interview on a Bloomberg on the Economy podcast this week, I heard a Mr. Herrmann say, "I have an extremely moderate take on [the data]."

Only in an age of extremes, can you have 'extremely moderate' interpretations.

Normally, when we think of a continuum, we have a straight line with two extremes on either end, but in this case, I think we would need to have a bowed line to highlight how extreme the moderate position is.

On the other hand, when working with the Bible, moderate interpretations (which I take to mean, faithful interpretations), often seem extreme. So, maybe 'extremely moderate' interpretations are not all that bad.

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