Friday, October 02, 2009

God over Bible

Where do we start to construct a theology of the Bible, or the nature of scripture? To starts from the 'Bible' itself is not saying much. To be specific is to start with the recorded testimonies of encounters with the Christ, who was believed to be the embodiment of the divine. We begin by encountering the biblical authors' encounters of Christ's encounter with his world and themselves, and translate that to our encounter God's relating to our world.

Put as briefly as possible, a doctrine of Scripture requires a doctrine of God.
(Rowan Williams, ‘Historical Criticism and Sacred Text’, in Reading Texts, Seeking Wisdom, ed., David F. Ford and Graham Stanton, [UK: SCM, 2003], 228).

"Every view of Scripture, in particular, proves on analysis to be bound up with an overall view of God and man."
(J.I. Packer, 'Encountering Pressent-Day Views of Scripture,' in The Foundation of Biblical Authority, ed. James Montgomery Boice, [Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan Publishing House, 1978], 61-62).

"John Macquarie...states that in Christian theology the doctrine of God "has a central place" that "underlies all the other doctrines.""
(Frank Hasel, Scripture in the Theologies of W. Pannenberg and D. G. Bloesch, [UK: Peter Lang, 1996], 128, n.2).

"Christian dogmatics in every part is the doctrine of God."
(Wolfhart Pannenberg, Systematic Theology vol.1, [USA: Eerdmans, 1991], 447).

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