Reflection On Biblical Inerrancy And Authority Of Scripture

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Reflection Paper Wk. 8 This week our studies concluded with offering students opportunity for reflection on continuing debates over biblical inerrancy and authority of Scripture. Our objectives included understanding the continuing debate of the doctrine of inerrancy and N. T. Wright’s bibliology in relation to some of his dialogue partners. Our final reading came from Denis Farkasfalvy’s book, Inspiration and Interpretation: A Theological Introduction to Sacred Scripture. This paper’s focus is my reflections of the material presented.
Final Thoughts from Farkasfalvy Farkasfalvy concluded his thoughts with a chapter entitled, Inspiration, Canon, and Interpretation. He deals with the point of departure for a systematic theology of Scripture
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Wright states, “The meaning of ‘authority’, then, varies considerably according to the context within which the discourse is taking place. It is important to realize this from the start, not least because one of my central contentions is going to be that we have tended to let the word ‘authority’ be the fixed point and have adjusted ‘scripture’ to meet it, instead of the other way round” (Wright, 1991). As it relates to biblical authority, the Bible is our guide as Christians and exactly what biblical authority should entail. Wright proposes that with all the views of biblical authority, in many ways we have diminished the true authority of the Bible. By looking at the various views, we leave much unconsidered. He implies that the Bible does not exalt its authority as much as it heralds God as all authority, and I agree. He states, “So, secondly within the first half of this lecture, I want to suggest that scripture’s own view of authority focuses on the authority of God himself. (I recall a well-known lecturer once insisting that ‘there can be no authority other than scripture’, and thumping the tub so completely that I wanted to ask ‘but what about God?’) If we think for a moment what we are actually saying when we use the phrase ‘authority of scripture’, we must surely acknowledge that this is a shorthand way of saying that, though authority belongs to God, God has somehow invested this authority in scripture” (Wright, 1991). This concept leaves me speechless. God’s authority is all-encompassing and thusly the Bible is the source of that understanding of how God manages or exercises His authority. “Rather, God’s authority vested in scripture is designed, as all God’s authority is designed, to liberate human beings, to judge and condemn evil and sin in the world in order to set people free to be fully human. That’s what God is in the business of doing. That

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