Most of you probably know by now that Westminster has released documents related to the Peter Enns’s book Inspiration & Incarnation (I&I, only $12). The official parsing of the book is now 3/4 as long as the book itself. Add to that all the articles, blogs and comments that have been written about it . . . all 146 pages of the Westminster documents are available in PDF here (Thanks: Conn-versation; Between Two Worlds; Art Boulet, where comments are growing.) Evangelical Textual Criticism weighs in too, and Joel Garver and Ben Myers have the most pointed reflections I’ve seen yet.
- Statement from the Chairman of the Board
- Preface to the Historical and Theological Field Committee (HTFC)
- Historical and Theological Field Committee Report (HTFC)
- Preface to the Hermeneutics Field Committee’s (HFC) Reply
- Hermeneutics Field Committee’s Reply to the HTFC (HFC)
- Edgar-Kelly Motion
- Minority Report
- “‘The Infallible Rule of Interpretation of Scripture’: The Hermeneutical Crisis and the Westminster Standards” (Lillback article 26 Feb 2008 ; the last 43 pages of the PDF document.)
Although these documents are fascinating reading for Westminster alumni like myself, I recognize that most of this is insider stuff (comparing I&I to the Westminster Standards and parsing various reformed theologians) and may not be of interest to the general public.
Still, I can’t resist making a couple of comments. These documents give you a front-row seat on some important debates. It will come as no surprise that I am biased. ;-). I loved Groves, Green, Enns, and Kelly. I’m a biblical studies guy, and I believe in respecting Scripture enough to let it speak for itself in its original context (see page 29 in Westminster PDF document).
This is a classic study in some of the tensions between systematic (esp. confessional) theology and biblical theology.
[Note: All page # references in this post refer to the pages of the entire PDF document, not individual sections]
The five main concerns from Westminster’s historians and systematic theologians about Incarnation and Inspiration (I&I) in their order of importance (p. 4):
1) a doctrine of Scripture that diverges from the classic Reformation doctrine, in particular Continue reading