By Gregory A. Boyd
This re-creation of a well-liked textual content offers an obtainable but finished primer that is helping readers comprehend the breadth of viewpoints on significant concerns in evangelical theology, with chapters utilizing the preferred 3- or four-views ebook layout. The authors rigorously study positions taken by way of evangelical students on seventeen seminal concerns. They lay out the biblical, theological, and philosophical arguments for every place in point-counterpoint style and speak about attainable objections.
The moment variation keeps the useful positive aspects of the 1st edition—end-of-chapter "For extra analyzing" sections and an intensive glossary—and provides an appendix that addresses 13 peripheral matters in modern evangelicalism.
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5) Performatives create new realities. Only the first is descriptive, but all five are proper linguistic acts. How can we apply this insight to inerrancy? Some perfectly proper speech acts in the Bible don’t describe the world, so they aren’t true or false. But they are legitimate linguistic speech acts. Utterances that don’t describe can’t be true (inerrant) or false (errant). But the purpose of these utterances is not to describe; it wouldn’t make sense to ask whether they’re inerrant or errant.
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This same view is found throughout the New Testament. Paul taught that “all scripture is inspired by God” (2 Tim. 3:16). ” For Paul, as well as for Jesus and other New Testament authors, the words of the Bible came directly from the mouth of God. It would be as inconceivable to them that Scripture could err as it would that God could err. If it is indeed “impossible that God would prove false” (Heb. 6:18), it is impossible that Scripture would prove false. This level of confidence extends to the smallest details of Scripture.