Scripture Alone Non-Fiction Review : 2004/10/10
Scripture Alone: Exploring The Bible's Accuracy, Authority, and AuthenticitySola scriptura
by James R. White
Minneapolis: Bethany House, 2004, 217 pp., $12.99, softcover.
is the Reformational principle that the Bible alone is the sufficient rule of faith for believers, standing against Rome's insistence on her magisterial authority and traditions. In this era of an evangelicalism that is drifting--or better, hurtling--into postmodern thought patterns that locate meaning within the reader rather than within the text, we need a renewed respect for the Word of God. Factor in the increasing ecumenism (see Evangelicals & Catholics Together
), and the need for another look at sola scriptura
is in order.
reflects the wisdom author James White has gleaned from numerous debates and discussions with Roman Catholics and Mormons, two very different groups who share the view that the Scriptures do not carry sufficient authority to be the rule of faith. As the subtitle indicates, White also examines the accuracy and authenticity of the Bible, dealing with issues such as the canon in understandable language (the canon is the body of inspired books):
The Holy Spirit provides the canon for the church; the church does not establish the canon by her own authority...the true foundation for confidence in the canon of Scripture is found in God's sovereign power to fulfill His own purposes (Psalm 135:6), and it is His purpose for Scripture to function in the church as a means of instruction, admonishment, and encouragement (109).
is written on a popular level--any reasonably intelligent teenager should be able to understand the concepts dealt with in the book, and every adult Christian should be conversant with the materials presented here.
James R. White, Scripture Alone
, (Minneapolis: Bethany House, 2004).
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