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Evangelicals & Scripture: Tradition, Authority and Hermeneutics [Paperback]

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Pages   288
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.08" Width: 6.04" Height: 0.69"
Weight:   0.77 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Apr 8, 2004
Publisher   IVP-InterVarsity Press
ISBN  0830827757  
EAN  9780830827756  


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By definition, a high view of Scripture inheres in evangelicalism. However, there does not seem to be a uniform way to articulate an evangelical doctrine of Scripture. Taking up the challenge, Vincent E. Bacote, Laura C. Miguilez and Dennis L. Okholm present twelve essays that explore in depth the meaning of an evangelical doctrine of Scripture that takes seriously both the human and divine dimensions of the Bible. The essays, selected from the presentations made at the 2002 Wheaton Theology Conference, approach this vital subject from three directions. Stan Grenz, Bruce McCormack and Donald Dayton consider the history of evangelical thinking on the nature of Scripture. John Brogan, Kent Sparks, J. Daniel Hays and Richard Schultz address the nature of biblical authority. Finally, Bruce Benson, John Franke, Daniel Treier and David Alan Williams explore the challenge of hermeneutics, especially as it relates to interpreting Scripture in a postmodern context. Together these essays provide a window into current evangelical scholarship on the doctrine of Scripture and also advance the dialogue about how best to construe our faith in the Word of God, living and written, that informs not only the belief but also the practice of the church.

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By definition, a high view of Scripture inheres in evangelicalism. However, there does not seem to be a uniform way to articulate an evangelical doctrine of Scripture. Taking up the challenge, Vincent Bacote, Laura Miguelez and Dennis Okholm present twelve essays that explore in depth the meaning of an evangelical doctrine of Scripture that takes seriously both the human and divine dimensions of the Bible. Selected from the presentations made at the 2001 Wheaton Theology Conference, the essays approach this vital subject from three directions. Stanley J. Grenz, Thomas Buchan, Bruce L. McCormack and Donald W. Dayton consider the history of evangelical thinking on the nature of Scripture. John J. Brogan, Kent Sparks, J. Daniel Hays and Richard L. Schultz address the nature of biblical authority. Bruce Ellis Benson, John R. Franke, Daniel J. Treier and David Alan Williams explore the challenge of hermeneutics, especially as it relates to interpreting Scripture in a postmodern context. Together these essays provide a window into current evangelical scholarship on the doctrine of Scripture and also advance the dialogue about how best to construe our faith in the Word of God, living and written, that informs not only the belief but also the practice of the church."

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Vincent E. Bacote (Ph.D., Drew University) is assistant professor of theology at Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois. He is the author of The Spirit in Public Theology: Appropriating the Legacy of Abraham Kuyper (Baker) and a contributor to The Gospel in Black and White (IVP), The Dictionary for the Theological Interpretation of the Bible (Baker) and Best Christian Writing 2000 (HarperCollins). His work has also appeared in such publications as Re: generation Quarterly, Urban Mission, Christianity Today and Journal for Christian Theological Research.

Vincent E. Bacote currently resides in Glen Ellyn, in the state of Illinois. Vincent E. Bacote was born in 1965.

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How to be evangelical without inerrancy  Nov 11, 2007
Evangelicals & Scripture: Tradition, Authority and Hermeneutics is a collection of essays which takes the reader through an exploration of possibilities for a distinctly evangelical doctrine of Scripture, with a heavy critique on the inerrantist position. The book is divided into three sections. The first explores the historical development of the evangelical movement and its doctrine of Scripture. In the second section, the essays explore the nature of exegesis in such an evangelical doctrine of Scripture, with particular attention to difficulties in speaking of the "original autographs" of the Bible. Thirdly, the book investigates the face of evangelical hermeneutics in light of the challenge of postmodernism.

The book paints a general picture of historic evangelicalism which has struggled to defend its positions on Scripture, basing its arguments on what it sees as the authoritative and "central Christian tradition." Thomas Buchan explains how both inerrantists and non-inerrantists base their arguments in the search for such a tradition. Donald Dayton challenges the inerrancy view it from a Pietist perspective. Dayton suggests that 75 to 80 percent of the National Association of Evangelicals (NAE) consists of traditions stemming from the Pietistic tradition (85-6). Pietism, according to Dayton, has tended to have a strong respect for the commands of the Bible while also allowing for questions of textual criticism. Dayton thus challenges the assumption that the majority view of evangelicals is staunch inerrancy. [This was one of my favorite essays in the book.]

The challenges of textual criticism to the inerrancy position are explored in the historical developments of biblical scholarship with both Old and New Testaments. John Brogan comments that inerrantists seem to "argue that text critics must sacrifice their well-established and long-held text-critical methods on the altar of inerrancy" (104). When it appears that the most accurate manuscripts show a factual error, the inerrantists argue that the textual criticism done (rather than their position on inerrancy) is invalid. On the flip side, Richard Schultz warns against being "carried away" too far into the historical-critical method, if this method causes us to dismiss the challenges of the prophet Isaiah (for example).

The last section of the book calls into question the possibility of reaching the actual authorial intention. Bruce Ellis Benson suggests that we are able to come to something close to an understanding of the author's meaning, but it is probably not identical to the original intention (190-1). The essays in this section call us to reassess the role of tradition in our view of Scripture as well as how we are to define and communicate biblical truth to a postmodern society.

Overall, this book is less an affirmation of a particular evangelical doctrine of Scripture, and more a negation of the inerrantist position. The essays explore important issues and raise excellent questions for the evangelical reader. Most of the essays are highly readable, with the exception of chapter three. Grenz's opening chapter on the history of the doctrine of inerrancy should be read by all evangelicals. Dayton's point is especially poignant: you don't need inerrancy to follow the commands of the Bible. In fact, getting caught up in the inerrancy debate may distract you from the commands of the Bible.


[To be honest, I would give this book four stars, but I'm trying to counter-balance the previous reviewer who gave this book only one star. For a book to actually get *one* star, it would have to be incoherent. I don't think you should give an intelligently written book one star even if you disagree with its claims and argumentation.]
 

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