In the world that Augustine and Aquinas inhabited, created things and human institutions were interconnected with heavenly realities, knit together in Christ in whom “all things hold together” (Col. 1:17). We seem not to inhabit this world.
For the Oxford Movement, the interpretation of the Bible is inextricably bound up with the doctrine of the Incarnation and the sacraments, so that to neglect a sacramental or allegorical interpretation is in some way to fail to appreciate, or even to deny, these doctrines.
Scripture is united in Christ, but it is as diverse as the spaces and times in which it is read. Mansel’s goal was to retain Scripture’s unity while holding it open to every possible moment in time.
According to Bishop Butler, Scripture is God’s instrument to separate the sheep from the goats and to order both according to his intentions.
Donne and Herbert show us what happens when we find ourselves “translated” by the Bible’s figures: our lives are transformed as they are translated into God’s mother tongue, mercy.