A High View of Scripture?: The Authority of the Bible and the Formation of the New Testament Canon
A High View of Scripture?: The Authority of the Bible and the Formation of the New Testament Canon

A High View of Scripture?: The Authority of the Bible and the Formation of the New Testament Canon

in Evangelical Ressourcement

by Craig D. Allert

Pages 204
Publisher Baker Academic
Published 2007
ISBN-13 9780801027789
For most evangelicals, a key tenet of belief is a "high view of Scripture," often defined as adherence to a verbal plenary inspiration view, along with the subsequent doctrine of inerrancy this view assumes. In this thought-provoking book, Craig Allert questions whether this view is in fact high enough. In particular, he avers that our view of the Bible has not been sufficiently informed by how the New Testament canon was formed in the early centuries of the church. While maintaining that Scripture is authoritative and inspired, he also believes that the tension between Scripture's nature as both a divine document and a human document has often been skewed too far toward the divine.

Seeking to remedy this imbalance, Allert examines various theories of the historical development of the New Testament canon. In addition, he explores how the early church fathers viewed Scripture, canon, inspiration, and authority, coming to the conclusion that while promoting a high view of Scripture, the patristic view does not necessarily line up with the modern conservative evangelical view. Finally, from these conclusions he proposes twenty-first-century implications for how we view Scripture.

A High View of Scripture? is the third volume in the Evangelical Ressourcement series.

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