Saturday, April 4, 2009

New Book on the Doctrine of Scripture from Crossway

To say you believe in the inerrancy of Scripture today is almost like saying you believe in a flat earth. “You better catch up with the 21st century” is what you’re encouraged to do. Postmodernism today has advanced past what is perceived to be a doctrinal relic and focuses the discussion on the issue of interpretation. I want to introduce you to a great book that looks at the doctrine of Scripture--Ancient Word, Changing Worlds: The Doctrine of Scripture in a Modern Age by Stephen J. Nichols and Eric T. Brandt from Crossway Books. The book addresses three issues: inspiration, inerrancy and interpretation. Each topic is given two chapters. One chapter discusses the respective doctrine and its proper formulation. The second chapter provides select readings from the authors discussed. Each narrative chapter also includes a timeline covering roughly the past 150 years. Each narrative chapter introduces the reader to the major thinkers and their writings in their historical context. A glossary is included which provides definitions of people, significant terms and select denominations. The book is easy to read without over simplifying the issues. Though written from a conservative perspective the authors are civil in their discussion of opposing viewpoints. Nichols and Brandt have given us an excellent introduction to the doctrine of Scripture which is marked by clarity and sound judgment.

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