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Excellent treatment of the subject,
This review is from: Words of Life: Scripture as the Living and Active Word of God (Paperback)
A really good, fresh treatment of the nature of Scripture - thoroughly orthodox and Biblical, but unafraid to challenge the traditional emphases in presentation of the subject. Ward writes with clarity of purpose and comes to well-explained conclusions. His method of approaching the topic via a Biblical-theological model, then drawing doctrinal conclusions from this is one I applaud vigorously!
Theologically,I found his treatment of the nature of Scripture as the Word of God and how this relates to Christ as the Word of God particularly helpful. I thought his discussion of inerrancy alone was worth having the book for - coming to a sharp, clear and Biblical conclusion that inerrancy is 'no more and no less than the natural implication of the fact that Scripture is identified as the speech act of a God who cannot lie' (p137). Readers will also appreciate having the insights of speech-act theory presented in an accessible and clearly applied way.
And it left me keen to dig further into the sources he suggests as particularly helpful (Calvin, Bavinck, Warfield and Turretin)!
Wholeheartedly recommend, especially for anyone sympathetic to but with reservations about the classic evangelical doctrine of the Bible as God's Word.
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