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4.0 out of 5 stars Good Stuff on the Subject!, January 23, 2011
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This review is from: Collected Writings on Scripture (Hardcover)
The book is divided into two parts: (I) Essays: 1. Approaching the Bible 2. Recent Developments in the Doctrine of Scripture 3. Unity and Diversity in the New Testament: The Possibility of Systematic Theology 4. Redaction Criticism: On the Legitimacy and Illegitimacy of a Literary Tool 5. Is the Doctrine of Claritas Scripturae Still Relevant Today? (II) Reviews: Abraham (1981), Barr (1980), Marshall (1982), Webster (2003), Enns (2005), Wright (2005), Sheler (1999), Padgett and Keifert (2006), Boer (2007).

Carson himself stands in the evangelical tradition, that is: accepting the canon of Scripture as we know it (pp. 28-31), Accommodation, Inspiration, and Inerrancy (pp. 82-89). In his essay on "Redaction Criticism," though suspicious of it as a literary tool, adequately demonstrating this, Carson highlights at least two benefits of it. In "Claritas Scripturae," that is the perspecuity of Scripture, Carson begins with what the Scripture says about itself, then moves to the Fathers to the Magisterial Reformers, and up to contemporary times and the challenge of postmodernism.

Worth mentioning are Carson's reviews of Peter Enns' Inspiration and Incarnation: Evangelicals and the Problems of the Old Testament, and N.T. Wright's The Last Word (Scripture and Authority of God, British title). Regarding Enns, while he views his "Incarnational Analogy" as a good way to address the problem that Evangelicals face with the Old Testament and even the New Testament writers use of it, Carson offers points of both agreements and disagreements. Regarding Wright's The Last Word, Carson expresses strong disagreement with Wright's: "The authority of Scripture is thus a sub-branch of several other theological topics: the mission of the church, the work of the Spirit, the ultimate future hope and the way it is anticipated in the present, and of course the nature of the church" (pp. 299-300)--which has also led Carson to asks, among many other questions: Why then should Scripture's authority be diminished, demoted to a "sub-branch" of mission? (p. 300)

Professor Carson's view of Scripture may be summed up thus: "The traditional view of Holy Scripture, which in my view is correct, can withstand the roughest scrutiny, but even so, it must be remembered that this view holds that the Bible is the infallible word of God, not that our doctrine of the infallibility of the Word of God is infallible" (p. 178).
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