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If I were to go around the congregation and ask you, “Why have you come to this church service?”, I’m sure I would get quite a variety of different answers. Some of you, if you were being perfectly honest, might have to say, “I came because I’ve got into a routine of coming to church […]Read More The Word of God – Christ, Scripture, Preaching
“My purpose, and I believe it is a justified purpose, has been to present the method and the structure of a theological system written from an apologetic point of view and carried through in a continuous correlation with philosophy … A help in answering questions: this is exactly the purpose of this theological system.” (Paul […]Read More Paul Tillich’s Systematic Theology (1): “A Help In Answering Questions”?
Berkouwer criticizes “an incorrect conception of theology, a conception of theology, a conception which considers it possible to discuss Holy Scripture apart from a personal relationship of belief in it, as though that alone would constitute true ‘objectivity’.” (Holy Scripture, pp. 9-10). He holds that those who view Scripture in this way “wrongly … see […]Read More Faith in Scripture as God’s Word
Berkouwer insists that when “the concept of error in the sense of incorrectness is … used on the same level as the concept of erring in the sense of sin and deception … we are quite far removed from the serious manner with which erring is dealt in Scripture … (as) a swerving from the […]Read More Berkouwer’s Doctrine of Scripture
E J Young argues that one’s doctrine of Scripture is derived from either experience or Scripture, either natural man or supernatural God. Young does speak of the human character of Scripture. It does, however, seem that the supernatural-natural dichotomy underlies his doctrine of Scripture. He turns to the Bible “to discover what it has to […]Read More Berkouwer’s “Holy Scripture” and E J Young’s “Thy Word is Truth”