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Scripture, Canon, & Inspiration: Faith in Pursuit of Conversation (Volume 1) Paperback – April 26, 2012
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This is a critical matter. If our doctrines derive from the Bible, we need to know which Bible to use and how to read it properly. In Scripture, Canon, and Inspiration, Gary Collier delves deeply and honestly into the history of the origins and boundaries of scripture. He plumbs our holy scriptures to see what the Bible itself says about inspiration and the boundaries of the canon of scripture. You may be surprised at what is there and what is not there!
In the first half of the book, Collier's discussion of the canon and scripture is engaging and detailed, but very easily understood by the average reader, requiring no special background or prior expertise in this area. The second half of the book goes into greater detail for those readers who want deeper background material on the Biblical text, and desire a deeper understanding. Although it is more densely packed with information and has to be read more slowly, I found this part of the book deeply rewarding. For example, after his resurrection, when Jesus appeared to the two disciples on the road to Emmaus, Luke tells us that "beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself.Read more ›
Do, on the other hand, listen to both the details and the overarching messages from Gary Collier in this book. You will emerge from this read with a newly fleshed-out respect for scripture, although you might have sustained a wound or two along the way.
Basically, we are baseless if we do not sit in rapt attention before ancient scripture, engaging with it honestly, and I am persuaded that renewal based in what scriptural texts actually say can make all the difference in and for Christians. - Brian and Karly Casey
This book was written almost entirely as dialogue in a conversation the author has with others, moving from one topic to another. Based upon the secondary title of "Faith in Pursuit of Conversation," I assume that was what the author intended. In his book, I found some diamonds (or some useful information) within it. For me, these were primarily the additional sources and citations throughout the book that I could use for my personal research in Christianity. I was so impressed with his words that I even referenced Collier's book on pages 24, 29, 30, 89, 146, 149 of my recently published book, Christian Controversies: Seeking the Truth.
I no doubt believe that the author is very knowledgeable on the scriptural topic and is very good at conversing with others. He even has several learned scholars willing to support him in his efforts at writing. This is a good read for anyone beginning to understand their Christian faith.
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Very thorough and detailed history of Christianity. I was astonished to learn that the most knowledgeable persons about scripture are not even Christian, as we term the word. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Donna Bugarski