Concordia Theological Monthly

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st. paul, verbal inspiration, fosdick, st. timothy, christians

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Bible Study; Lecture; Sermon Prep


The moderns have a third grievance against the Bible as God gave it to us. They are scandalized at the many "trivialities" incorporated in it. Those portions of the Bible, they say, which treat of purely secular matters, common household affairs, petty concerns of men, and the like, do not belong to the Word of God. God's Word is too high and holy a thing to have these levicula mixed up with it. It is inconceivable that, when the Holy Ghost inspired the saving Word, He should have bothered about the marital affairs of Isaac and Rebecca. The moderns are complaining that their sense of the fitness of things is outraged when they are asked to believe that it was by divine inspiration that Paul wrote to Timothy about his cloak. And Verbal, Plenary Inspiration, which requires them to believe just that, is an intolerable thing.


Religious Thought, Theology and Philosophy of Religion

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Romans 15:4; Exodus 10:26; Matthew 10:30; 2 Timothy 4:13;

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Laity; Ministers; Scholars