Ancient Word, Changing Worlds (33)

Have embarked on (and am 2/3 of the way through) Ancient Word, Changing Worlds: The Doctrine of Scripture in a Modern Age by Stephen Nichols and Eric Brandt. Received as a gift a while back and since I cover this doctrine in the fall, decided to work through it. It covers three themes: inspiration, inerrancy and interpretation, giving an overview of various modern options with some brief selections of primary sources to supplement the discussion. It covers most of the bases nicely, explaining the back and forth of the most recent controversies nicely. It notes in the inspiration section, for example, that a more Barthian view has become more prominent but mostly leaves it at the observation level. The lack of a clear articulation of a conclusion on matters like these (similar with Pete Enns in the inerrancy section) suggests this is meant primarily to be an historical survey rather than constructive theology. It does that job nicely and succinctly; I’ve even toying with adding it for my fall course as something brief that introduces a more detailed introduction to these issues.  May not make it this time as I have not long to make decisions…

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