Student Journal of Scriptural Reasoning

What Is Scriptural Reasoning?

Scriptural Reasoning (SR) is an open-ended practice of reading- and reasoning-in-dialogue among scholars of the three Abrahamic traditions (Judaism, Christianity, Islam). There are no set doctrines or rules of SR, since the rules are embedded in the texts of scripture and their relation to those who study and reason together. Individual practitioners of SR do find it useful, however, to reflect occasionally on their group practice and identify its leading tendencies. Such reflections differ from individual to individual and from time to time, but there are overlaps, and both the overlaps and the differences stimulate groups of SR reasoners to talk about, debate, and refine their practices.

Scriptural Reasoning is carried out in a variety of forums. There are a number of scholarly societies as well as a journal devoted to SR in the academy. SR is also the basis for the work of the Children of Abraham Institute, which applies the practice of SR and the insights of Scriptural Reasoners to situations of religious conflict in the world. SR is not a "movement" or a "school;" it is a practice. To see some of the fruits of SR, follow the Who Does SR? and SR in Action links.