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A High View of Scripture And A Higher View of The Church?
on May 8, 2010
I was very disappointed in Craig Allert's book. It had some important issues that it brought out, but I feel that in spite of his claims to the contrary, he is lessening one's view of Scripture.
Allert is correct that there was not a functioning and established Canon of the New Testament until the fourth century. He is correct also that not all the books in the Canon were universally accepted without serious examination. The question though is how and thus when the Canon closed. Was it the church that closed it in the 4th century? Or was it already closed in God's mind in the 1st century and then the church recognized what God had meant in the Canon.
Another thing Allert is correct about is that we are too ignorant of the church fathers and church history. However, we need to realize that there are changes in the church, just as there are in today's local churches, that may not have been Biblical. Some of the traditions held are not consistent with the Bible (such as the perpetual virginity of Mary or her immaculate conception). One reviewer found it curious that Allert encouraged evangelicals to stay separate from the Catholic church.
I know people who reject Scripture because they believe it is the product of the Catholic Church and not of God. Allert's views gives them fuel for the fire. Additionally, it encourages believers to trust men in authority than to search the Scriptures themselves.
There is a balance. God has given the church as well as Scripture to defend the truth. But the church, being made up of fallible people, are able to drift from the truth, and it is the Bible that needs to get people back to the truth. Allert's book is one that shakes foundations (Psalm 11:3).