Some of R. C. Sproul's most significant writings have focused on the doctrine of Scripture. Not all of this material is in print, and no volume has ever collected his best writings on this pivotal doctrine.
Part 1 consists of four essays originally published in symposiums: (1) "Sola Scriptura: Crucial to Evangelicalism," (2) "The Establishment of Scripture," (3) "The Case for Inerrancy: A Methodological Analysis," and (4) "The Internal Testimony of the Holy Spirit." Part 2, the author's commentary on the Chicago Statement on Biblical Inerrancy, treats the Word of God and six things: authority, revelation, inspiration, inerrancy, truth, and you.
The Chicago Statement (1978) and the Ligonier Statement (1973), two documents to which the author was a key contributor, are reproduced in full.
"The trustworthiness of God's Word," writes Keith A. Mathison in the introduction, "continues to be attacked in various and subtle ways. . . . The Christian church, then, must continue to resist all such attacks. This collection of Dr. Sproul's writings on the doctrine of biblical authority is provided in the hope that it may assist a new generation of Christians to stand firm in defense of the truth."
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
**** Is the Bible trustworthy? That has been an issue for many years, but issues such as the increasingly hot debates over creation vs. Darwinianism, or whether or not recent bestsellers have any validity have made it more important to be sure that the Bible is what it claims, the word of God. In a scholarly, yet conversational style, this book examines why it is important to know where you stand on that point of doctrine and why the Bible can be trusted. The explanation of complex terms and the historical background of the debate will broaden readers' acumen in multiple ways. Granted, it is not light reading, but it is worth your time. ****
Reviewed by Amanda Killgore, Freelance Reviewer.
Before I read this book, I had my doubts about the Evangelical doctrine of scriptural inerrancy. It seemed hard for me to affirm it in the face of so many difficult passages and apparent errors and contradictions in the Bible. But Sproul has done an excellent job defending this central Christian belief. He examines the alternatives--such as "limited" inerrancy and the Neo-orthodox view that the Bible "becomes" the Word of God through the individual's encounter--and shows where they fall short. He also explains exactly what is meant by the word "inerrancy," pointing out that it does not necessarily require a particular interpretation of Scripture (e.g., young-earth creationism, dispensationalism, etc.). He admits that there are difficult passages in the Bible (though not as many as the critics would have us think), but recent scholarship has resolved many of them, and future insights may resolve even more. Finally, he also emphasizes that, although belief in the inerrancy of Scripture...
One thing I love about RC Sproul is he tells it like it is. If you want to know whether something passes the reformed orthodoxy text, see what Sproul says about it. More than that, he writes in a manner that's easily understandable, engaging, intelligent, and warm. I really think his "heart" gets thru to the reader (speaking metaphorically). Considering the all important nature of theology and scripture as it's authoritative basis, I would've hoped that RC provided more of an apologetic for the authority of scripture, beyond something that seemed to remind me of a sort of Van Tillian approach. Not believing in the authority of scripture myself, I was interested in seeing how RC would support it. I felt the general thrust of the book was less about making such a case, and more about integrating the concept theologically within the overall reformed structure. Under most circumstances I wouldn't consider that a problem, but considering the nature of the claim of authority I would've...
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