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Biblical Authority After Babel: Retrieving the Solas in the Spirit of Mere Protestant Christianity

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Renowned evangelical theologian Kevin Vanhoozer acknowledges recent critiques of the Reformation, which argue that it unleashed interpretive anarchy in the church. Vanhoozer answers that the solution is to be found in retrieving the Reformation's five core principles as the basis...

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Renowned evangelical theologian Kevin Vanhoozer acknowledges recent critiques of the Reformation, which argue that it unleashed interpretive anarchy in the church. Vanhoozer answers that the solution is to be found in retrieving the Reformation's five core principles as the basis of authority.

:How the Five Solas Can Renew Biblical Interpretation

In recent years, notable scholars have argued that the Protestant Reformation unleashed interpretive anarchy on the church. Is it time to consider the Reformation to be a 500-year experiment gone wrong?

World-renowned evangelical theologian Kevin Vanhoozer thinks not. While he sees recent critiques as legitimate, he argues that retrieving the Reformation's core principles offers an answer to critics of Protestant biblical interpretation. Vanhoozer explores how a proper reappropriation of the five solas--sola gratia (grace alone), sola fide (faith alone), sola scriptura (Scripture alone), solus Christus (Christ alone), and sola Dei gloria (for the glory of God alone)--offers the tools to constrain biblical interpretation and establish interpretive authority. He offers a positive assessment of the Reformation, showing how a retrieval of "mere Protestant Christianity" has the potential to reform contemporary Christian belief and practice.

This provocative response and statement from a top theologian is accessibly written for pastors and church leaders.


  • Catalogue Code 448741
  • Product Code 9781587433931
  • ISBN 1587433931
  • EAN 9781587433931
  • Pages 288
  • Department Academic
  • Category Theology
  • Sub-Category General
  • Publisher Brazos Press
  • Publication Date Oct 2016
  • Sales Rank 80149
  • Dimensions 234 x 158 x 30mm
  • Weight 0.521kg

Kevin J Vanhoozer

Kevin J. Vanhoozer (Ph.D., Cambridge University) is Research Professor of Systematic Theology at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois, from 1990-1998 was senior lecturer in theology and religious studies at New College, University of Edinburgh, in Edinburgh, Scotland.
He has written Biblical Narrative in the Philosophy of Paul Ricoeur (Cambridge University Press), Is There a Meaning in This Text? (Zondervan), The Drama of Doctrine: A Canonical-Linguistic Approach to Christian Theology (Westminster John Knox). He is the editor of the Cambridge Companion to Postmodern Theology (Cambridge University Press), The Dictionary for Theological Interpretation of the Bible (Baker).

His most recent publications are First Theology: God, Scripture and Hermeneutics (Intervarsity Press), Remythologizing Theology: Divine Action, Passion, and Authorship. (Cambridge University Press) and Jeremiah (Brazos Theological Commentary on the Bible).

Koorong - Editorial Review.

  • :<b>contents<br></b>introduction: Should The Church Repent Or Retrieve The Reformation? Secularism, Skepticism, And Schism--oh My!<br><i>&amp;quot;by Their Fruits Ye Shall Know Them&amp;quot;: Assessing A Revolution<br>narrating The Story Of Protestantism<br>repenting The (unintended) Iniquities Of Our Reformation Fathers<br>fine-tuning The Problem; Deepening The Dilemma<br>always Retrieving? &amp;quot;ressourcing&amp;quot; The Debate About Interpretive Authority<br>why Mere Protestant Christianity Matters<br></i>1. Grace Alone: The Mere Protestant Ontology, Economy, And Teleology Of The Gospel<br>sola Gratia<i>: What The Reformers Meant<br>nature And/or Grace: Other Views<br>triune Ontology And The Economy Of Salvation<br></i>sola Gratia<i> For Bible, Church, And Interpretive Authority<br></i>2. Faith Alone: The Mere Protestant Principle Of Authority<br>sola Fide<i>: What The Reformers Meant<br>faith And/or Criticism: Other Views<br>the Principle Of Authority<br></i>sola Fide<i> For Bible, Church, And Interpretive Authority<br></i>3. Scripture Alone: The Mere Protestant Pattern Of Interpretive Authority<br>sola Scriptura<i>: What The Reformers Meant<br>scripture And/or Tradition: Other Views<br>the Pattern Of Authority<br></i>sola Scriptura<i> For Bible, Church, And Interpretive Authority<br></i>4. In Christ Alone: The Royal Priesthood Of All Believers<br>solus Christus<i>: What The Reformers Meant<br>christology And Ecclesiology: Other Views<br>the Royal Priesthood<br></i>solus Christus<i> For Bible, Church, And Interpretive Authority<br></i>5. For The Glory Of God Alone: The Wealth Of Holy Nations<br>soli Deo Gloria<i>: The Lord's Supper As A Test Of Christian Unity<br>church Unity: Other Views<br>communion In The Church (and Between Churches)<br></i>soli Deo Gloria<i> For Bible, Church, And Interpretive Authority<br></i>conclusion: From Catholic Protestantism To Protestant Evangelicalism<br><i>&amp;quot;and In The Morning, It Was Leah!&amp;quot;<br>protestant Evangelicalism: A Marriage Made In Heaven?<br>after Babel, Pentecost: The Households Of God And The Spirit Of Mere Protestant Christianity<br></i>sola Evangelium<i>: The </i>solas<i> In The Pattern Of Protestant Evangelical Interpretive Authority<br></i>indexes

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