Carson on Scripture

There’s nothing new under the sun. That includes challenges to the doctrine of inerrancy. Fadish critical methods come and go, but challenges to the Bible’s truthfulness and authority are ever with us.

That is why I am happy to be reading D. A. Carson’s new book, Collected Writings on Scripture. D. A. Carson has been one of the most stalwart defenders of Scripture in our generation, and this new book chronicles that legacy. It is comprised of essays from throughout his career, and these writings represent some of his best work on the doctrine of scripture. The book has ten chapters: five essays and five reviews. Here’s the description from the publisher:

“God’s Word has always had enemies, but in recent years the inspiration and authority of Scripture have been attacked with renewed vigor. Respected scholar D. A. Carson has written widely on the nature of Scripture over the past thirty years, and here presents a timely collection of his work in two parts.

“In part 1, Carson selects essays written on such themes as how to interpret the Bible, recent developments in the doctrine of Scripture, unity and diversity in the New Testament, and redaction criticism. Presenting a theologically balanced and confessional perspective, Carson defines the terms of a number of debates, critiques interpretive methods and theories, and suggests positive guidelines for future action.

“Part 2 presents critical reviews of nine books dealing with the inspiration and authority of Scripture. Though substantial in content, Carson’s detailed reviews will foster careful thought and perspective in those who are relatively new to the debates surrounding biblical inspiration and authority.

“This volume is a diverse collection that will prove to be a helpful resource to both seasoned pastors and scholars and those who are just starting serious study of the Bible.”

This book is a foretaste of a two volume work that Carson is editing titled The Scripture Project. Keep your eyes peeled for that one in 2012. In the meantime, read the Collected Writings. You’ll be glad you did.


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