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Collected Writings on Scripture Hardcover – July 1, 2010
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“This book is a road map of pathways to pursue and pitfalls to avoid in handling Scripture. D. A. Carson would be the first to agree that God himself upholds his written word, the Bible. But God uses means. In recent decades, Carson’s voice has been among the most forthright, consistent, rigorous, faithful, and compelling in serving the vital divine end of testifying to Scripture’s veracity. This book guides readers to the priceless destination of confidence in God’s Word through refutation of its critics and commendation of its truth.”
—Robert W. Yarbrough, Professor of New Testament, Covenant Theological Seminary
“D. A. Carson is one of the most prolific and profound biblical scholars of our generation. Perhaps it is not far-fetched to predict that his Collected Writings on Scripture will become a classic as an evangelical defense of Holy Scripture’s authority. Carson courteously but persuasively reveals the weaknesses of arguments designed by critics to discredit or render obsolete the historic teaching of the Western Christian churches, namely, biblical inerrancy. This book is a masterful, must read for those persons who want to understand better the nature of Scripture’s authority. The volume may very well take its place as a benchmark study, side by side with Inspiration (1881), the influential essay penned by A. A. Hodge and B. B. Warfield.”
—John D. Woodbridge, Research Professor, Church History and History of Christian Thought, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
“D. A. Carson is for this generation what B. B. Warfield was for his—the scholarly stalwart for the doctrine of Scripture, possessed of prodigious skills both as an interpreter of Scripture and as a biblical and systematic theologian, critically engaging the most significant arguments of the day and upholding the historic position of the Christian church and the Bible’s own self-attestation. Everything that comes from his pen is worthy of careful attention. Given the current state of the doctrine of Scripture (in theory and practice) in evangelical academia, this is an important and timely volume. Seminarians and pastors alike need to be abreast of present trends in this vital subject. The classic essays and critical reviews in this book offer a bird’s-eye view of the past thirty years of the discussion, as well as world-class scholarship and discernment in articulating rejoinders to sub-biblical theories while positively presenting a faithful view of the inspiration and authority of the Scriptures and their entailments.”
—J. Ligon Duncan III, Chancellor and CEO, Reformed Theological Seminary, Jackson, Mississippi
“With tedious regularity, the doctrine of Scripture comes under attack again and again, and while many of the arguments used are familiar and hackneyed, each generation adds its own twists and turns to the cries of criticism. Thankfully, the church has always had eloquent defenders of the truthfulness of the Scriptures and of the God who inspired them. In our time, Don Carson is one such figure; and in this volume, the reader will find many of his most significant essays on Scripture. Scholarly, reverent, carefully argued, and generously footnoted, these pieces all make important contributions to current debates; and taken as a whole, they admirably expose the problems of the revisionism offered by certain voices within the church while pointing readers to a better way.”
—Carl R. Trueman, Paul Woolley Professor of Church History, Westminster Theological Seminary; author, The Creedal Imperative and Luther on the Christian Life
“I’ve always admired Don Carson’s ability to minister so effectively in two different worlds. On the one hand, he’s one of the sharpest-thinking, best-respected minds in the realm of New Testament scholarship. On the other, he’s one of the clearest, most down-to-earth preachers I’ve ever heard. He simply has a remarkable ability both to grasp and to communicate complex issues understandably. This collection is a classic demonstration of that ability.”
—Donald S. Whitney, Associate Professor of Biblical Spirituality, Senior Associate Dean of the School of Theology, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary; author, Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life
“As a young theological student I wrestled with the authority and inerrancy of Scripture. No one helped me more to understand what Scripture teaches about itself than D. A. Carson. His insightful essays and incisive reviews preserved and shaped my doctrine of Scripture. I rejoice to see some of those older essays (along with some new essays and reviews) presented together in one place in this volume, for the issues of yesterday are not dramatically different from what we face today, and Carson’s words continue to speak powerfully to our contemporary situation. Fidelity to Scripture and rigorous reasoning mark this volume, reminding us that the words of Scripture are the very words of God.”
—Thomas R. Schreiner, James Buchanan Harrison Professor of New Testament Interpretation and Associate Dean of the School of Theology, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
“The breadth of these essays is matched by their depth. When reading Carson’s survey of the scholarly landscape, you know it’s coming from a leading member of the guild; when reading his discerning counsel about how to navigate both spurious and legitimate challenges concerning the nature, authority, and interpretation of Scripture, you know it’s coming from a pastoral heart. This is pure gold.”
—Michael Horton, J. Gresham Machen Professor of Systematic Theology and Apologetics, Westminster Seminary California; author, Core Christianity: Finding Yourself in God's Story
“The Bible is both true and precious to the Christian, as the psalmist reminds us: ‘Your commands are my delight. Your statutes are forever right’ (Ps. 119:143–44). In this wide-ranging set of essays, D. A. Carson reminds us of these two most important facts. Combining remarkable erudition and keen insight with pastoral sensitivity and an emphasis on the value of Scripture for Christian living, Carson impresses upon us that the Bible is the true word of God and that it is the delight of a believer in Christ. Pastors and church leaders will benefit—both intellectually and spiritually—from digesting these essays. Read them, for your good and for the good of Christ’s church.”
—Shawn D. Wright, Associate Professor of Church History, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
“I have read some of these pieces before in other formats, but they are all excellent and worthily reproduced in one easily accessible volume. The article on N. T. Wright’s view of Scripture is worth the price of the whole. Carson displays eminently his characteristics of intellectual insight and graceful poise, matched with a forensic surgical skill at identifying the weaknesses of those with whom he disagrees. Coming from one of the preeminent evangelical biblical scholars of his generation, Carson’s thoughts on Scripture repay study, reflection, and modeling. The church is the better for his work. Not only are our minds filled when reading this book, but our hearts are moved to worship as a God-centered approach bleeds through every page.”
—Josh Moody, Senior Pastor, College Church, Wheaton, Illinois; author, Journey to Joy: The Psalms of Ascent
About the Author
D. A. Carson (PhD, Cambridge University) is research professor of New Testament at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, where he has taught since 1978. He is a cofounder of the Gospel Coalition and has written or edited nearly 120 books. He and his wife, Joy, have two children and live in the north suburbs of Chicago.
Andrew David Naselli (PhD, Bob Jones University; PhD, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School) is assistant professor of New Testament and biblical theology at Bethlehem College & Seminary in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
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Top Customer Reviews
Though the book under consideration is the subject of this review, it may help to know something about the reviewer. I am a layperson. Though I have taken a few courses related to the contents of this book, I have very limited knowledge or experience in the fields of textual criticism and the like. This book is not necessarily popular level reading, and it delves deeper into the doctrine of Scripture than some laypersons may want to go. I mention this, not as a criticism of Dr. Carson's excellent book, but as a qualification to my review. What I offer is a layperson's perspective, which, I hope, will be of value to other laypeople.
These previously published writings (compiled by Andrew David Naselli) fall into two main parts. Part 1, simply entitled "Essays," consists of five articles dealing with issues regarding the nature and interpretation of Scripture: "Approaching the Bible", "Recent Developments in the Doctrine of Scripture", "Unity and Diversity in the New Testament: The Possibility of Systematic Theology", "Redaction Criticism: On the Legitimacy and Illegitimacy of a Literary Tool", and "Is the Doctrine of Claritas Scripturae Still Relevant Today?" Dr. Carson's approach to the Bible is conservative.Read more ›
[Disclosure of Material Connection: Crossway sent me a free review copy of this book. I was not asked to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.]
Reviewing a book by J.D.G. Dunn: "There is an important place for superficial books, but it is sad to see a superficial book claiming to present a profound argument." (126)
On the "spiritual benefits" of studying Bultmann: "I think it likely that few are spiritually uplifted in any distinctively Christian sense by being assured by Bultmann that angels, miracles, resurrection, and self-incarnating God are all impossible..." (217)
On a recent book that downplays propositional truth: "This book abounds in assertions about how unimportant assertions are." (313)
The best part of Carson's work is his insistence that students of Scripture seek not to master the text, but be mastered by the Bible.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Ever since the time of Adam and Eve, the Word of God has been under attack. These attacks not only come from outside the walls of the Church, they also seem to creep into and rear... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Michael C. Boling
I found the material easy to follow, best taken in relatively short sections to allow for thought and digestion. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Bob Farnaby
I heard an interview Mark Dever did with D.A. Carson encouraging him to produce a work like this. All I can say is thank you Mark and to encourage anyone hovering over buying this... Read morePublished on June 27, 2011 by Daniel Pollin
Solomon said "there is nothing new under the sun". In theology, however, this often appears not to be the case. Read morePublished on May 2, 2011 by R. Hayton
D.A. Carson is one of my favorite authors and speakers, so if this book review sound a bit biased it's probably because it is. Read morePublished on December 16, 2010 by Stephen Archer
This review originally appeared at Boston Bible Geeks on 11/15/10.
Special thanks to Connie at Crossway for a review copy of this book. Read more
Collected Writings on Scripture offers a fine inspirational survey of Christian scripture and provides scholarly spiritual collections with essays written on a range of themes... Read morePublished on October 20, 2010 by Midwest Book Review
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D.A. Carson's latest book, Collected Writings on Scripture, is fundamentally nothing new from the author. Read more
The doctrine of Scripture is basic and fundamental to Christian theology and the Christian worldview. Read morePublished on September 23, 2010 by Brendan Knox