Amazing Grace Brendan Burke

Great art is said to exhibit ‘polysemy’; that is meaning of a layered nature, many and complex meanings.  Similarly a work of scripture should not be considered to have only one ‘literal’ meaning.  To hold this view would be to debase the work under consideration.  However this is not to say that there can be an infinite number of meanings to a scriptural passage.  This would possibly be to project ones own preconceptions in a dishonest way on to the text.  But the text, if it is genuine, will objectively lend itself to a large number of interrelated valid interpretations which will inspire and motivate the religious seeker, sometimes speaking in a direct and personal manner to the seeker.