Concordia Theological Monthly

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verbal inspiration, christian, lutheran, theology

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Bible Study; Lecture; Sermon Prep


The moderns have many more objections against Verbal Inspiration. To three of these they attach special importance. They denounce Verbal Inspiration as "a mechanical theory of inspiration"; they abhor it as "resulting in an atomistic conception of the Scriptures"; they abominate it as establishing "the legalistic authority of the letter." -The old evil Foe means deadly woe. The appeasers have up till now been telling us that nothing is lost if the Church gives up half of the Bible, seeing that they are willing to let her retain the important half, the Gospel message; if only the saving truths be inspired, all is well. And now they are insisting that not even this portion of Scripture is inspired, verbally inspired. They would have us believe that the words in which the saving truth is clothed are purely human - human words which are not absolutely reliable, human words which do not carry divine authority.


Religious Thought, Theology and Philosophy of Religion

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Laity; Ministers; Scholars