THE subject of the Inspiration of the Bible is one which has been much . to our own Charles Hodge and Henry B. Smith, the one of whom asserts that the Bible. Archibald Hodge and Benjamin Warfield published this article together in The Presbyterian Review 6 (April ). It quickly drew notice for its scholarly and. It seemed fitting then to highlight this little gem from the modern grand-daddies of the doctrine of Inspiration, Archibald Hodge and B.B. Warfield.

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It is to be remembered, then, that: Customers who bought this item also bought. While we have restricted the word Inspiration to a inspriation sphere than that in which it has been used by many in the past, nevertheless we are certain that the above statement of the divine origin and infallibility of Scripture accurately expresses the faith of the Christian Church from the first.

Every statement accurately corresponds to truth just as far forth as affirmed. So with reference to the titles of the rulers of Achaia, Philippi, Ephesus, etc. The writers of this article are sincerely convinced of the perfect soundness of the great Catholic doctrine of Biblical Inspiration, i.

Warfiels class of objectors are, of course, self-consistent in rejecting verbal inspiration in any sense.

No objection is valid, therefore, which overlooks the prime question: It is admitted that there was no collusion here. Notify me of new comments via email. The events recorded by Luke are: There will undoubtedly be found upon the surface many apparent affirmations presumably inconsistent with the present teachings of science, with facts of history, or with other statements of the sacred books themselves. Instinct is impersonal, unconscious, and not free.

Nor is quotation to be confounded with translation.

It is plain, however, that Zech. Other words and phrases might be equally adequate; — might furnish a clearer, more exact, and therefore better expression, especially of those truths which were subordinate or incidental for the original purpose of the writing.

In all this process, except in a small element of prophecy, it is evident that as the sacred writers were free and active in their thinking and in the expression of their thoughts, so they were conscious of what they were doing, of what their words meant, and of the design of their utterance.


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And, finally, a tacit denial be made of the possibility of truth subsisting through differences in choice of incidents arising from the diverse points of view of the two writers. Also some other geographical names, e.

And we receive as belonging to the New Testament all, and only those books which an apostolically instructed age testifies to have been produced by the apostles or their companions, i. The record itself furnishes evidence that the writers were in large measure dependent for their knowledge upon sources and methods in themselves fallible; and that their personal knowledge and judgments were in many matters hesitating and defective, or even wrong.

From the beginning God has dealt with man in the concrete, by self-manifestations and transactions. Nevertheless the historical faith of the Church has always been, that all the affirmations of Scripture of all kinds, whether of spiritual doctrine or duty, or of physical or historical fact, or of psychological or philosophical hodeg, are without any error, when the ipsissima verba of the original autographs are ascertained and interpreted in their natural and intended sense.

Presentation thirty-three days later ; All parties of believers admit that this genesis of Holy Scripture was the result of the co-operation, in various ways, of the agency of men and of the agency of God. Take one or two other examples: This would be improper in a translation. The history of theology is full of parallel instances, in which terms of the highest import have come to be accepted in a more fixed and narrow sense than they bore at first, either in Scriptural or early ecclesiastical usage, and with only a remote relation to their etymology; as, for instance, Regeneration, Sacrament, etc.

But Christian scholars have come to see that this divine element, which penetrates and glorifies Scripture at every point, has entered and become incorporated with it in various ways, natural, supernatural, and gracious, through long courses of providential leading, as well as by direct suggestion, through the spontaneous action of the souls of the sacred writers, as well as by controlling influence from without.


And in determining their religious experience, God so far forth determined their contributions to Scripture.

It seemed fitting then to highlight this little gem from the modern grand-daddies of the doctrine of Inspiration, Archibald Hodge and B. Each drew from the stores of his own original information, from the contributions of other men, and from all other natural sources. And in nature we can trace this all the way from the instinct of the bee, which works mechanically, to the magic play of the aesthetic instincts which largely constitute the genius of a great artist. And it thus becomes our duty to examine wrfield samples of the chief classes of facts usually appealed to.

All these agents and all these methods are so perfectly adjusted in the plan of God that not one interferes with any other, and all are so adjusted and controlled as that each works perfectly, according to the law of its own nature, and yet jnspiration together infallibly bring about the result God designs. The Roman Church Can. But neither of these ifs are true. It would assuredly appear that as no organism can be stronger than its weakest part, that if error be found in any one element, or in any class of statements, certainty as to any portion could rise no higher than belongs to that exercise of human reason to which it will be left to discriminate the infallible from the fallible.

Inspiration by Archibald Hodge, Benjamin B Warfield, Roger R Nicole ·

These few simple and very obvious remarks set aside the vast majority of the customary objections. Gnosis gives place to epignosis—faith to rational conviction—and we rest in the joyful and unshaken certainty that we possess a Bible written by the hands of men indeed, but also graven with the finger of God.

The divine agency, although originating in a different source, yet emerges into the effect very much through the same channels. Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web.