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Saturday
Sep222012

B.B. Warfield is my homeboy

Sorry.  I actually hate that word "homeboy."  It's early.  Maybe I need more coffee.

I'm reading Greg Allison's book Historical Theology.  I love this stuff!  As someone who likes both history and theology, this is a real treat.  I just finished reading a chapter about the history of the doctrine of inspiration.  

Schleiermacher and Barth; wow, what a couple of interesting characters.  I've read about them before, but Allison provides a lot of their own words so that I got a much clearer view into what was going on in their attacks on inspiration.

B.B. Warfield was, of course, one of the champions for the doctrine of inspiration.  I really like B.B. Warfield. Once I wrap my Pooh-sized brain around his writings, I find them so concise and explanatory.  Allison clarifies Warfield's position on inerrancy.  Warfield rejected the notion that Scripture was not entirely authored by God:

But Warfield rejected the notion that, say, 50 percent of Scripture is written by God while the other half is written by human authors:  "The whole of Scripture in all its parts and in all its elements, down to the last minutiae, in form of expression as well as in substance of teaching, is from God;  but the whole of it has been given by God through the instrumentality of men.  There is, therefore ... not, indeed, a human element or ingredient in Scripture, and much less human divisions or sections of Scripture, but a human side or aspect to Scripture."  His preferred term for this divine-human co-operation was confluence; by inspiration, "the Spirit of God, flowing confluently in with the providentially and graciously determined work of men, spontaneously producing under the Divine directions the writings appointed to them, gives the product a Divine quality unattainable by human powers alone."  Two corollaries flo from this:  "the 'inspiration' by which Scripture is produced renders it trustworthy and authoritative."  In this matter, Warfield articulated the historic doctrine of inspiration and insisted on its founational character for the Christian faith.

When I hear those who are against inspiration talk about the bible, I wonder how they can trust it if they believe it to be not entirely divine.   Maybe my thinking is wrong somewhere, but how could I trust any of the Bible if I can't trust all of it?