The Divine Spiration of Scripture
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...
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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.
A. T. B. McGowan is Principal of Highland Theological College, Dingwall, Scotland. He is the author of The New Birth (Christian Focus), The Divine Spiration of Scripture: Challenging evangelical perspectives(Inter-Varsity Press) and The Federal Theology of Thomas Boston (Paternoster), and editor of Always Reforming (Apollos). He is Honorary Professor in Reformed Doctrine at the University of Aberdeen, Adjunct Professor of Theology at Reformed Theological Seminary USA, Visiting Professor of Theology at Westminster Theological Seminary USA, and Vice President of the World Reformed Fellowship.