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The Sufficiency of Scripture Paperback – May 1, 1999
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The rest of the book is more academic and, though I found it somewhat interesting, I did not find it particularly helpful personally. It is written to defend the Bible from those inside the church who would undermine it, often while claiming to uphold it. Weeks talks about relativism, creation, politics, church government, women in church leadership, Bible translation, etc and how truly upholding the Bible’s authority in these areas will affect the conversation.
One of the things I did find thought provoking was when he challenged the basic rightness of some conservative principles. Esp this quote: “The Biblical view does not at all support those whose faith is in the state. Yet neither may we approve the slogan, ‘The best government is the government that governs least.’ That comes out of a belief in the innate goodness of man.” He is not arguing for a liberal or socialist form of government, only challenging the assumptions of so many Christians that the conservative way is the Biblical way.
In another place he says, “The reading of Scripture to ascertain what it really says means trying to allow the text to speak for itself against both secular science and ‘Christian’ science, against secular philosophy and ‘Christian’ philosophy.”
Weeks practices what he preaches and gives us a very well thought out book that avoids cookie cutter and band aid answers in order to grapple honestly and reverently with a number of the questions and issues that were faced in his day (publ. 1998) and continue to be with us today.
One area that I was disappointed in was the chapter on general and special revelation. Dr. Weeks make the point that we must never allow general revelation to stand above special revelation and on this I agree. However he seems reluctant to state that general revelation can be complementary to special revelation and can shine light on some parts of special revelation that are unclear. This is a particular interest of mine and I was disappointed that more effort was not given to this area.
However, I do rate this five stars for a thoughtfully presented defense of the Bible's authority in our lives.
Weeks intelligently presents the case for the infallibility of God's Word. He holds that 'older distinctions between fundamentalist and modernist, evangelical and liberal, have become obsolete as more subtle distinctions have emerged.' He also adds that 'the person who feels free to question the infallibility of the Bible in matters of science or history, or even ethics, might still desire to be called an evangelical.' To those still bravely holding out, a word of encouragement is directed:
'Holding to a minority position should not indicate to the Christian that his view is incorrect.' p 97
This book's foundational structure is based on Scripture, and is an important contribution to the truth which the world does not want to hear. Noel Weeks addresses the modern enlightenment notion of 'empiricism', which allows for one's beliefs to go unchallenged. 'However, they find it hard to believe that bias and preconception distort their interpretation of what they see through telescope or microscope. For that belief there is no scriptural warrant, rather the reverse.' p 98 Weeks further questions the approach of academic communities: 'Do we commit the historical anachronism of expecting that a biblical author has to share the assumptions of a modern historian? We have seen that the Bible does not have that view of truth. Are we willing to learn the techniques of biblical historical writing from the text itself, instead of imposing upon that text our own expectations?' p 100
The heat of debates surrounding Genesis, heretics, homosexual clergy and women preachers are delved into. Weeks dispels modern notions and downplays the suggestion that the times Paul lived in were culturally different to ours.
'The great danger to New Testament church structure is pride and the desire for a following (Acts 20:30). To set aside Paul's instructions to Timothy in 1 Tim 3:8, and to ignore the reference to the bishops and deacons at Philippi (Phil 1:1) is to ignore the way the New Testament church structure reflected Christ's concern for the poor. Put simply, the New Testament church organization with its bishops and deacons showed the impact of Christ upon the church. It showed a structure in which Christ's spiritual and physical concern for people was continued.' p 161