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The purpose of this paper is to compare the interpretations of Romans 321-26 by three scholars as well as my own interpretation in light of the American foreign policy known as The War on Terror or The Bush Doctrine I will begin by summarizing the themes in the book of Romans and my own life context as a starting point for explaining my interpretations of Romans relative to this event Of the three scholars selected for this exercise Daniel Pattes argument about racism and its many offshoots best suits my argument in this paper I will discuss why Pattes paper suits my interpretation best and I will then discuss the texts of Gaventa and Johnson as they relate to my own interpretation Three main themes command the book of Romans The first theme is of Gods impartiality This theme is most apparent when Paul describes how God will judge all men equally in Romans 323 In short God shall judge all men good and evil Second Paul says that all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God This idea of the universality of human sin Gaventa 406 is found in several places but first appears in Romans 118-320 where Paul argues that sin is found in every human being regardless of their lifestyle Lastly the theme of Gods righteousness often found concurrently with the important theme of the universal need for salvation which is most clearly outlined in the story of Abrahams faith in 41-25 All three of the scholars tend to agree on some level that these three points are the most important Though the wording and context differs all of the scholars tend to stress similar ideas about the interpretation of Romans Therefore I will not waste time analyzing how the interpretation Gaventa gives of a verse differs from that of Patte or vice versa Rather I will stress the context of interpretations as they relate to my topic In
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