A Clear and Present Word: The Clarity of Scripture
Downers Grove, Ill.: InterVarsity Press, 2006 pp. 196. $20.00
New Studies in Biblical Theology, 21
Description: By almost any measure, a bold and confident use of the Bible is a hallmark of Christianity. Underlying such use are a number of assumptions about the origin, nature and form of the biblical literature, concerning its authority, diversity and message. However, a lack of confidence in the clarity or perspicuity of Scripture is apparent in Western Christianity. Despite recent, sophisticated analyses, the doctrine is ignored or derided by many. While there is a contemporary feel to these responses, the debate itself is not new. In this excellent study, Mark Thompson surveys past and present objections to the clarity of Scripture; expounds the living God as the Guarantor of his accessible, written Word; engages with the hermeneutical challenges and restates the doctrine for today.
Subjects: Bible, Literature, Methods, Theological Approaches, Biblical Theology
Review by Francois Viljoen
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Citation: Francois Viljoen, review of Mark Thompson, A Clear and Present Word: The Clarity of Scripture, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2007).
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