Modern Believing

The Bible after Evangelicalism: Ideas for a Liberal Doctrine of Scripture

Modern Believing (2020), 61, (4), 335–343.

Abstract

The aim of this essay is to present several ideas for a liberal doctrine of scripture, i.e. a written statement which specifies the nature, authority, and function of the Christian Bible that is not grounded upon the belief that it was given by God through divine inspiration. These ideas are categorised into three areas which I think any doctrine of scripture should address: the nature of the Bible, the authority of the Bible, and the functions of the Bible in the Church. I argue i) that the Bible is a collection of humanly authored books, ii) that these books are authoritative in Christianity primarily in the sense that they are the principal historical witnesses to Jesus Christ, and iii) that the Bible can function in the Church as a classic, as historical evidence and as a theological prompt.

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Brown, Robert G.