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The Word of God in Human Words

Hultgren, Stephen (2016) The Word of God in Human Words. Lutheran Quarterly, 30 (2). pp. 125-151. ISSN 0024-7499

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    No consensus on the doctrine of Scripture exists among Lutherans. As the Confessions contain no article on Scripture, Lutheran approaches to the doctrine have been shaped by theological trends of successive eras. Lutheran Orthodoxy, as well as fundamentalist strains within Lutheranism, have tended to treat Scripture as a “divine book” while underestimating its human dimensions. Liberalism has too often reduced Scripture to a witness to human religious ideas, consciousness, or experiences and denied the divine authority of texts. A confessional approach to Scripture will honor all of Scripture as the authoritative Word of God, while also recognizing (with Luther) that Scripture varies in quality, not least due to its human dimensions. A “Chalcedonian” approach that honors Scripture as fully divine and fully human offers the most promising way forward. Respect for the “shape” of the canon guides the church in discerning what in Scripture is binding and what is not.

    Item Type: Published Articles
    Repository Version: Metadata Only
    Keywords (separated by commas): Word of God, Human Words
    Fields of Research: 22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2204 Religion and Religious Studies > 220401 Christian Studies (incl. Biblical Studies and Church History)
    Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970122 Expanding Knowledge in Philosophy and Religious Studies
    Type of Activity: Pure Basic Research
    Subject Area(s): B - Biblical Studies, general
    Association with University of Divinity: ALC: Australian Lutheran College
    Depositing User: Dr Suman Kashyap
    Date Deposited: 01 Jun 2017 15:53
    Last Modified: 21 Jun 2017 12:32
    URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/2450

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