The Divine Authenticity of Scripture: Retrieving an Evangelical Heritage  -     By: A.T.B. McGowan
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The Divine Authenticity of Scripture: Retrieving an Evangelical Heritage

IVP Academic / 2008 / Paperback

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Examining North American evangelical assumptions about the nature of Scripture, McGowan advocates a rethinking based on the European tradition and the work of theologian Herman Bavinck. His argument for anchoring the doctrine of Scripture in the work of the Spirit and replacing "inerrancy" with "informed infallibility" considers both academic and pastoral dimensions of a reformulated perspective. 240 pages, softcover from InterVarsity.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 240
Vendor: IVP Academic
Publication Date: 2008
Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 (inches)
ISBN: 0830828796
ISBN-13: 9780830828791
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Evangelicals have taken extraordinary care in formulating and articulating a high view of Scripture. And yet the doctrine is not without its inadequacies and its internal critics--both past and present. Reviewing the evangelical discussion and formulations over the past century and more, particularly in the Reformed tradition in North America, Andrew McGowan is not content with the present state of the question. The way forward is to reach back within the European evangelical tradition, particularly to the work of the Dutch Reformed theologian Herman Bavinck. The prescription is to anchor the doctrine of Scripture in the work of the Spirit, the divine spiration of Scripture. And the contested idea of inerrancy should be replaced with an informed concept of the infallibility or authenticity of Scripture. The Divine Authenticity of Scripture is not simply a book that argues an academic case for reformulating a thoroughly evangelical doctrine of Scripture. It keeps the pastoral dimensions of the question in view and relates the doctrine of Scripture to the church's confessions and preaching.

Author Bio

A. T. B. McGowan is principal of Highland Theological College, adjunct professor of theology at Reformed Theological Seminary and a visiting professor of theology at Westminster Theological Seminary. He also serves as vice president of World Reformed Fellowship.

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"Andrew McGowan has rendered a notable service to evangelical doctrine by calling us to reconsider our understanding of the nature of Scripture and directing our attention to the contribution offered by such revered figures as James Orr and Herman Bavinck. He steers a wise course between the dangers of an unthinking fundamentalism and a skeptical liberalism, and suggests that terms such as spiration and infallibility express concepts that are basic to a sound doctrine that will have practical relevance to the preaching of Scripture." —I. Howard Marshall, Honorary Research Professor, University of Aberdeen

Author Bio

A. T. B. McGowan is principal of Highland Theological College, adjunct professor of theology at Reformed Theological Seminary and a visiting professor of theology at Westminster Theological Seminary. He also serves as vice president of World Reformed Fellowship.

Publisher Description

Evangelicals have taken extraordinary care in formulating and articulating a high view of Scripture. And yet the doctrine is not without its inadequacies and its internal critics---both past and present.

Reviewing the evangelical discussion and formulations over the past century and more, particularly in the Reformed tradition in North America, Andrew McGowan is not content with the present state of the question. The way forward is to reach back within the European evangelical tradition, particularly to the work of the Dutch Reformed theologian Herman Bavinck. The prescription is to anchor the doctrine of Scripture in the work of the Spirit, the divine spiration of Scripture. And the contested idea of inerrancy should be replaced with an informed concept of the infallibility or authenticity of Scripture.

The Divine Authenticity of Scripture is not simply a book that argues an academic case for reformulating a thoroughly evangelical doctrine of Scripture. It keeps the pastoral dimensions of the question in view and relates the doctrine of Scripture to the church's confessions and preaching.

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"Andrew McGowan has rendered a notable service to evangelical doctrine by calling us to reconsider our understanding of the nature of Scripture and directing our attention to the contribution offered by such revered figures as James Orr and Herman Bavinck. He steers a wise course between the dangers of an unthinking fundamentalism and a skeptical liberalism, and suggests that terms such as spiration and infallibility express concepts that are basic to a sound doctrine that will have practical relevance to the preaching of Scripture."

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