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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There are mentioned in the New Testament some thirty names — Emperors, members of the family of Herod, High-priests, Rabbis, Roman Governors, Princes, Jewish leaders — some mention of which might be looked for in contemporary history or on contemporary monuments.

Soliloquium Faith Seeking Understanding. Nevertheless the historical faith of the Church has always been, that all the affirmations of Scripture of all hhodge, whether of wrfield doctrine or duty, or of physical or historical fact, or of psychological or philosophical principle, are without any error, when the ipsissima verba of the original autographs are ascertained and interpreted in their natural and intended sense.

This class of objectors are, of course, self-consistent in rejecting verbal inspiration in any sense. And this has always been pre-eminently characteristic of epochs and agents of reformation and revival.

It is claimed and admitted equally on both sides that the great design and effect of Inspiration is to render the sacred Scriptures in all their parts a divinely infallible and authoritative rule of faith and practice; and hence that in all their elements of thought and expression concerned in the great purpose of conveying to men a revelation of spiritual doctrine or duty, the Scriptures are absolutely infallible.

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Alastair’s Adversaria flotsam, jetsam, messages in bottles. It is asserted that the Scripture writers are inaccurate in their statements of historical and geographical facts, as exhibited by the divergence existing between their statements and the information we derive from other sources, such as profane writers and monuments.


Many of these, because of defective warcield or interpretation upon our part, present points of apparent confusion or error.

This is true except in that comparatively small element of the whole body of sacred writing, in which the human authors simply report the word of God objectively communicated, wafield as in some of the prophecies they wrote by Divine dictation. Hodgd, then, the Inspiration of the sacred writers did not embrace the department of history, or only of sacred and not of profane history, who shall set the limit and define what is of the essence of faith, and what the uncertain accident?

It is only necessary to assume that 12 includes E, F, G, and H compendiously, and all goes most smoothly. In other words, briefly, quotation appeals to the sense, not the wording of a previous document, and appeals to it for a definite and specific end; any dealing with the original is therefore legitimate which does not falsify its sense in the particular aspect needed for the purpose in hand.

As an example of those who make the first charge, we may take Professor Jowett, who is never weary of repeating it. Fisher himself, President Bartlett has lately so fully shown in detail 13 that we cannot bring ourselves to repeat the oft-told tale here.

Every element of Scripture, whether doctrine or history, of which God has guaranteed the infallibility, must be infallible in its verbal expression.

The apostles themselves claimed to speak as the Prophets of God, and with plenary authority in His name binding all consciences. Revelation came in large part before the record of it, and the Christian Church before the New Testament Scriptures. 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.

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

In the brief space at our disposal it is not possible to disprove such wholesale charges in detail. There is a vast difference between exactness of statement, which includes an nispiration rendering of details, an absolute literalness, which the Scriptures never profess, and accuracy, on the other hand, which secures a correct statement of facts or principles intended to be affirmed. History knows nothing of a general empire census in the time of Augustus.


Luke does not represent this as a Roman census in the sense that it was taken up after Roman methods, but only in the sense that it was ordered ultimately by Roman authority.


The same confusio verborum follows us into objection 3. Any visit undertaken at such a time as to furnish no such opportunity and Acts xii. We do not deny an everywhere-present human element in the Scriptures.

Think Theology incompletely reformed thoughts on God, ministry, and life. These events dovetail beautifully into one another as follows: Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: We wish merely to refresh the memory of our readers with respect to its copiousness, variety, and cogency. Start reading Inspiration on your Kindle in under a minute.

At the present time the advocates of the strictest doctrine of Inspiration, in insisting that it is verbal, do not mean that in any way the thoughts were inspired by means of the words, but simply that the divine superintendence, which we call Inspiration, extended to the verbal expression of the thoughts of the scred writers, as well as to the thoughts themselves, and that, hence, the Bible considered as a record, an utterance in words of a divine revelation, is the Word of God to us.

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.

He is insightful, concise, and well thought.

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