Periodical Reviews -- By: Anonymous

Journal: Conservative Theological Journal
Volume: CTJ 04:12 (Aug 2000)
Article: Periodical Reviews
Author: Anonymous


Periodical Reviews

By The Members And Friends Of The
Conservative Theological Society
Paul R. Shockley, Associate Editor

“Do we Act as If We Really Believe that ‘The Bible Alone, and the Bible in its Entirety, Is the Word of God Written?” Wayne Grudem, Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society 43 (March 2000): 5-26.

Wayne Grudem, professor and chairman of the department of Biblical and systematic theology at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, delivered this superb, well-balanced presidential address at the 51st annual meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society (1999).

In essence, Grudem used the doctrinal statement of ETS as the central point for the society’s members to honestly reflect and consider if they, inerrantists, are pragmatically living out this doctrinal statement; placing value on the truths of God’s Word in what they study, write, teach, and live, rather than turning to the opinions of those who do not share the same presupposition of Scripture.

Among his peers, Grudem gives six suggestions to consider the Bible as the first, supreme, and ultimate authority for their industry, interactions with other members of the universal body of Christ, unifying leadership concerning problems Christians face (e.g., divorce and remarriage), scholarship, and private and public discourse. He writes:

“1. Consider the possibility that God may want evangelical scholars to write more books and articles that tell the Church what the whole Bible teaches us about some current problem (p. 6); 2. Consider the possibility that God wants the Church to discover answers and reach consensus on more problems, and wants us to play a significant role in that process (p. 13); 3. Consider the possibility that God wants evangelical scholars to speak with a unified voice on certain issues before the whole Church and the whole world (p. 15); 4. Consider the possibility that God may want many of us to pay less attention to the writings of non-evangelical scholars (p. 16); 5. Consider the possibility that God may want us to quote His Word explicitly in private discussions and in public debates with non-Christians (p. 23); 6. Consider the possibility that the world as we know it may change very quickly (p. 25).”

He concludes his suggestions with this timely exhortation, “Since you are eager for academic achievement, strive to excel in building up the church” (p. 26).

There are many assertions Grudem states that are well worth quoting in this review:

Where are the whole-Bible exegetes? Where are the biblical exegetes who will use their exegetica...

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