The christian bible references the letter and the spirit of the law in 2 cor 36 nasb though it is not quoted directly the principle is applied using the words spirit and letter in context with the legalistic view of the hebrew biblethis is the first recorded use of the phrase. The letter and the spirit robert m grant on amazoncom free shipping on qualifying offers many aspects of the thought of the fathers are strange to us and as a result we tend to value their writings for their spiritual rather than their intellectual content in particular. Typically there is a buffer zone between the letter of the law and the spirit of the law and the size of this zone varies depending on the social norms for the pertinent law ashwin . Seeing paleo as nothing but a yes no list of foods is a problem because it ignores the spirit of the diet and without the spirit its easy to do some pretty unhealthy things technically within the letter of the law to truly eat paleo you have to do both the letter vs the spirit of paleo
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