Annotated Bibliography -- By: John H. Armstrong
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Abraham, William. Canon and Criterion in Christian Theology. Oxford, England: Clarendon Press, 1998. A major scholarly work that challenges the assumptions that canonical heritage can be centered in epistemology as was done by both Reformers and Modernists alike. Argues for a new paradigm that centers canon in the early church while retaining an evangelical core. A seminal book for both philosophers and serious students.
Achtemeier, Paul J. Inspiration and Authority. Peabody, Massachusetts: Hendrickson Publishers, 1999. A serious attempt to defend the authority of Scripture, without the idea of inerrancy, by grounding the doctrine in a covenantal framework that points to the Spirit’s power through the Word of God.
Achtemeier, Paul J. The Inspiration of Scripture: Problems and Proposals. Philadelphia: Westminster Press, 1980. A clear overview of the doctrine of inspiration which shows the problems as well as proposals which will not gain universal agreement from evangelicals.
Barton, John. Holy Texts, Sacred Writings. Louisville, Kentucky: Westminster John Knox Press, 1997. Examines the complex relationship between the canonical texts of the Old and New Testaments. How did the Canon develop? Draws a sharp distinction between “Canon” and “Scripture.”
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Bavinck, Herman. The Philosophy of Revelation. Grand Rapids: Baker, 1979 (reprint of 1909). Originally part of the Stone Lecture series given at Princeton Theological Seminary, now a classic of the older Reformed school.
Blaisdell, Charles R., ed. Conservative, Moderate, Liberal: The Biblical Authority Debate. St. Louis: Convention Baptist Press, 1990. How does Scripture function as authority? This collection of essays includes thought from both sides of the modern Southern Baptist battle over the Bible, thus providing an insightful look from proponents of two views.
*Bloesch, Donald G. The Ground of Certainty. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1971. Suggests, helpfully, a divergence from the traditional ways in which theology and philosophy have related to one another. Calls for a transformation of approach rather than a synthesis, thus showing how reason cannot establish the truth of divine revelation.
*Bloesch, Donald G. Holy Scripture: Revelation, Inspiration & Interpretation. Downers Grove, Illinois, 1994. The second volume in an on-going systematic series, Christian Foundations. This work defends orthodox evangelical faith from what Bloesch calls both “its friends as well as its enemies.” Even those evan...
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