Professor Wright And Some Of His Critics -- By: Anonymous

Journal: Bibliotheca Sacra
Volume: BSAC 042:166 (Apr 1885)
Article: Professor Wright And Some Of His Critics
Author: Anonymous

Professor Wright And Some Of His Critics

A few months ago Professor G. F. Wright published a small semi-popular volume, of two hundred and forty-one pages, defending in courteous language the views generally accepted by the evangelical churches of England and America, upon The Divine Authority of the Bible, treating, in separate chapters, of the Promise of Inspiration to the Apostles, the Claims to Inspiration made by the Sacred Writers, the Canon of the Old Testament, the Canon of the New Testament, Inspiration and Textual Criticism, Inspiration and Interpretation, Alleged Verbal Discrepancies of the Bible, Alleged Errors of the New Testament in quoting the Old, Harmony of the Bible with Science, and the Alleged Unimportance of Various Portions of Scripture. From the ground covered it is evident at a glance, that the book could be but an outline argument, in which, for convenience, the substance of many treatises must be brought into a single field of mental vision. And this is all that is claimed by the author for his unpretentious volume. It certainly is a legitimate undertaking to give a general survey of a vast subject; and the work of making such a survey is as much a specialty as that of the microscopic examination of every several portion of the field. At the same time, an author who undertakes what Professor Wright has done, runs a twofold risk: first, of failing himself fully to apprehend the significance of all the facts in every part of the field; and, secondly, in the great condensation and brevity demanded in such a statement, of failing so to express his points as to guard against captious criticism.

An author covering so wide a field need not be surprised to find some of his positions vigorously challenged. With two exceptions, however, the book has been very favorably noticed, and by well-known writers who are recognized as of special authority on the subject treated. The exceptions are Professor George F. Moore, of Andover,1 and a writer in the New Englander.2 These gentlemen have reviewed the book at such length and in such a manner as to give it an importance which otherwise it might not have attained. For several reasons, it seems a duty in this instance briefly to review the reviewers, especially since the subject under discussion is one of the most solemn and urgent now before the younger generation of the Christian ministry.

Of all the questions facing a Protestant clergyman none presses more persistently and imperatively for an answer than that pertaining to the relation of the Bible to the true religious faith of himself and of his parish and of the world....

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