The doctrine of Scripture is of vital importance for Christians, and continues to be debated by theologians. Furthermore, differing views can be found among those who describe themselves as 'evangelical'.
A. T. B. McGowan engages with the issues, debates and terminology, and reconstructs and re-expresses an evangelical doctrine for the current context.
First, he reconsiders the place of Scripture in theological systems, and argues that it should be relocated, in order to emphasize that it is an aspect of God's self-revelation and the work of the Holy Spirit.
Secondly, he revisits the vocabulary used to articulate the doctrine, with some proposals for new terminology.
Thirdly, he examines the important differences between two evangelical positions, 'inerrancy' and 'infallibility', with some further proposals for strengthening an evangelical doctrine.
Finally, he addresses two key issues the relationship between Scripture and our creeds and confessions, and how Scripture is preached in the context of the life of the church.
This stimulating and informative volume offers a valuable contribution to our understanding and articulation of the nature of Scripture and its significance for today.
The locus of Scripture reconsidered
The vocabulary of Scripture reconsidered
The doctrine of Scripture reconsidered
The use of Scripture in the church reconsidered
2. Reconstructing the doctrine
The work of the Holy Spirit
Reconstructing the vocabulary
3. The Enlightenment and liberal theology
The response to liberal theology
4. Fundamentalism and inerrancy
Warfield and Hodge
The modern inerrancy debate
Arguments against inerrancy
The rationalist implication
Rejecting the incarnational model
5. Infallibility: an evangelical alternative
An evangelical alternative
Orr and the Dutchmen
Bavincks doctrine of Scripture
6. Scripture and confession
Scripture and confession
Scripture and tradition
Defining the relationship
7. Preaching Scripture
Scripture and the believer
The preaching of Scripture
Summary of chapters 2-7
Anticipating the critique
Charting the way forward
Index of names
The Divine Spiration Of Scripture by A.T.B McGowan was published by Intervarsity Press in November 2007 and is our 37353rd best seller. The ISBN for The Divine Spiration Of Scripture is 9781844742202.