Michael Horton on Speech Acts and Biblical Interpretation

Long before Wittgenstein, Calvin argued in his own way, and in connection with scripture particularly, that language was suited to a form of life.  Language was not a static and immutable code to which the speaker had to submit, a type of calculative reasoning; it was a dynamic tool of human existence and divine communication. … Continue reading Michael Horton on Speech Acts and Biblical Interpretation

Abraham Kuyper on Scripture, Part 3

This post stands in line with a couple of posts I did over a year ago (Here and Here). In his The Work of the Holy Spirit, Abraham Kuyper notes that the biblical writers did not wait to start writing scripture until redemption had been fully accomplished and revelation had been fully received.  Rather, revelation… Continue reading Abraham Kuyper on Scripture, Part 3

John Owen on the Divine Voice in Scripture

We've looked in a number of posts at how it is that the word of God is also the words of men.  This is an important thing to emphasize in the present evangelical milieu wherin which many with a shallow approach to God's word are so uncomfortable with the earthiness of scripture that they bend… Continue reading John Owen on the Divine Voice in Scripture

Abraham Kuyper on Scripture, Part 2

This is a continuation of material from the previous post on Kuyper’s approach to the inspiration of God’s word. Although the Holy Spirit spoke directly to men, human speech and language being no human inventions, yet in writing He employed human agencies.  But whether He dictates directly, as in the Revelation of St. John, or… Continue reading Abraham Kuyper on Scripture, Part 2

Abraham Kuyper on Scripture, Part 1

I was struck by what Abraham Kuyper had to say about the features of the Biblical text and the inspiration of scripture.  The more I read by the Amsterdam theologians, I’m intrigued by their open-mindedness to certain trajectories in biblical studies (especially in the late 1800's to early 1900's when critical studies were much less… Continue reading Abraham Kuyper on Scripture, Part 1