Evangelical Theories of Biblical Inspiration: A Review and Proposal
Oxford University Press, 1987 - 154 Seiten
The inspiration of the Bible is central to Christian faith, yet there is no general agreement on the nature of this inspiration. In this provocative book, Kern Robert Trembath reviews seven major evangelical explanations of inspiration and demonstrates that all either view the Bible itself as the actual recipient of inspiration or explain biblical authority on grounds more appropriate to the doctrine of God--in effect investing the Bible with characteristics that properly belong only to God. Building on the work of William Abraham, Trembath constructs his own theory of inspiration--one that regards inspiration as a tripartite concept involving the elements of initiator, means, and receiver. He insists that only a human being can be the recipient of inspiration and that the Bible must therefore be understood as the means, rather than the end, of the process. He goes on to articulate a new definition of biblical inspiration--as "a mediated enhancement of human experience by God, through the Bible"--and argues that this new understanding of inspiration is most compatible with a Thomistic doctrine of God, which insists that God's acts are mediated through the world, rather than immediately occurring in it.
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A. A. Hodge Abraham accepted account of inspiration acts affirms agent analysis anthropology Apologetics asserts autographs B. B. Warfield believers Bernard Ramm Bible biblical authors biblical inspiration canon Carnell certainty Chapter characteristics Charles Hodge Christ Christian community church claim concept of inspiration concerning criterion criticism discussion distinguish divine activity divine inspiration doctrine of inspiration Donatists Edward John Carnell errors evaluation evangelicals existence experience of salvation fact faith God’s Grand Rapids historical Holy Spirit human Ibid inductive inductivism inerrancy initiator insistence intention interpretation Jesus John Warwick Montgomery knowledge law of contradiction logical means mediated methodology mind Montgomery nature normative noted objective one’s persons plenary inspiration present principle Protestantism question Ramm reader refers reflection rejects religious respect response revelation Scripture seen significance Strong Systematic Theology Testament theologians theory of biblical theory of inspiration traditional truth ultimately understanding verbal inspiration verification Warfield witness words writing