- Paperback: 240 pages
- Publisher: Zondervan; Subsequent edition (December 1, 1982)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0310447518
- ISBN-13: 978-0310447511
- Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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Biblical Authority: A Critique of the Rogers/McKim Proposal Paperback – November 19, 1982
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"The unpleasant task of exposing shoddy scholarship can rarely have been taken in hand with so much gentleness and grace as it is in Professor Woodbridge's response to The Authority and Interpretation of the Bible. A nasty job nicely done. In The Authority and Interpretation of the Bible two young professors tried to show that the best theology before the Reformation and the best Reformed theology since affirms the infallibility of Scripture in matters of faith and conduct but allows it to be incorrect on matters of historical and scientific detail. Professor Woodbridge's learned review makes it impossible to doubt that this paradoxical opinion is wrong. With courtesy and restraint Professor Woodbridge administers a series of knock-out blows to the confidently voiced claim that factual inerrancy is no authentic element in the historic Christian view of Scripture. Professor Woodbridge brings scholarly integrity and a great weight of learning to the business of setting straight the record, confused by others, as to how Christians through the centuries have regarded the Bible. His monograph is a model of careful analysis and cool, corrective controversy. It advances understanding of the history of thought about Scripture in a way that the more pretentious essay that called it forth quite failed to do." --James I. Packer
About the Author
John Woodbridge (PhD, University of Toulouse, France) is research professor of Church History and History of Christian Thought at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois, where he has taught since 1970. He was previously a senior editor of Christianity Today and is the author of Biblical Authority: A Critique of the Rogers/McKim Proposal and coauthor of Letters Along the Way. He is the editor of Great Leaders of the Christian Church and coeditor of works including The Mark of Jesus. Woodbridge is the recipient of four Gold Medallion Awards.
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The here reviewed, _Biblical Authority: A Critique of the Rogers/McKim Proposal_, supports this view: "... because God is the author of truth, His word cannot mislead or deceive in any way (whether in salvation truth, or in historical, 'scientific,' or geographical detail)" p. 31.
This view fails to consider whether God _wants_ His Bible to talk about science matters, such as geocentrism or evolution. I suggest that the Bible would not be changed, even by a jot or a tittle, if God had decided to be silent about these (or many other) science matters. Therefore, the _Critique's_ view cannot be verified by Scripture. Moreover, it seems arrogant to force God to talk about science matters, whether He wants to or not. I suggest instead, the only inerrant meanings in the Bible are the ones that _God_ decided to place there.
We should also consider whether people make mistakes. Does, "His word cannot mislead," mean that people are not mislead by other means? The sad fact is, people do misinterpret. If this were not so, there would be no theological disagreements, like the one seen here.
We over-interpret when we take, "In six days the Lord made heaven and earth" (Exodus 20:11), and insert therein, words like _symbolic_, _figurative_, _literal_ or _24-hour_. Presumably, the Exodus words are just the way God wants them, and we cannot help God out, by making what He wrote more clear (as we think) by inserting any word. Preaching "In six _24-hour_ days," violates Proverbs 30:6, "Do not add to His words."
But the question is moot. If evolution really does exist, then God made it. The Bible, freed from all man-made interpretations, cannot be contradicted, even if evolution really does exist. Evolution is irrelevant to the believer.