Concordia Theological Monthly

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scripture, brunner, luther, doctrine, faith, christian, dialectical theology, inspiration

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Bible Study; Lecture; Sermon Prep


The principles ruling the dialectical theology are not those of the Reformation. Brunner repudiates the formal principle of Protestantism, the sola Scriptura. He refuses to accept Scripture as the sole authority, the only source and basis of doctrine. The bare words of Scripture cannot establish a doctrine. “In earlier days this discussion [concerning the Virgin Birth] used to be cut short by saying briefly, ‘It is written'; that is, with the aid of the doctrine of verbal inspiration. To-day we can no longer do this, even if we would." (P. 823.) Brunner is consistent. Since he rejects the real inspiration of Scripture, he cannot accept the written word of Scripture as a real authority.


Religious Thought, Theology and Philosophy of Religion

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1 Peter 1:23; Hebrews 4:12; 1 Thessalonians 2:13; 2 Thessalonians 2:15; 1 Corinthians 14:37; 2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:19;

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Laity; Ministers; Scholars