Concordia Theological Monthly

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inspiration, lutheran, luther, theologians, doctrine, dogma, calvin

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Bible Study; Lecture; Sermon Prep


Under the heading "The Place of the Holy Spirit in Biblical Inspiration" J. Huebner of Lincoln, Nebr., in the Lutheran Church Quarterly, presents to his readers for renewed consideration and study the doctrine of the inspiration of the Bible. The article is clearly written and challenges the Lutheran Church of to-day to express her mind on "the question of the place of the Holy Spirit in the creation of the sacred Scriptures.'' In spite of the author's efforts to remain conservative, the essay is somewhat imbued with the spirit of modern German theology. While space does not permit a detailed discussion of the points we take exception to, they should at least be briefly pointed out. The author writes: "Lutheranism has, strictly speaking, no dogma on the subject, although it has from the beginning recognized the Bible as God's Word, unique in origin and character. Unlike Calvin, Luther made his theology as occasion arose. The divine inspiration of Holy Writ was not among the articles of faith that were disputed in his day. The mechanical theory, as taught by dogmaticians of the seventeenth century, came to Wittenberg by way of Geneva; it is not part and parcel of the genius of Lutheranism." This, as is evident to all who have studied modem German theology is only a repetition of what such of these theologians as still wish to be Lutheran claim on the subject.


Religious Thought, Theology and Philosophy of Religion

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Laity; Ministers; Scholars