The Inspiration of Scripture

Paul C. Gutjahr

in Charles Hodge

Published in print March 2011 | ISBN: 9780199740420
Published online May 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199894703 | DOI:
The Inspiration of Scripture

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Chapter forty-three recounts Hodge’s views on the inspiration and infallibility of Scripture. He believed in “plenary” not “partial” inspiration. Every word of the Bible was true, and it was the word that God intended to use to convey His meaning. The words of Scripture had fixed meanings that did not change over time or were not bound by culture. Hodge believed that the meaning of the Bible was readily accessible to everyone who approached the text carefully using their rational faculty. He thought that emotions arose as a response to what the rational mind interpreted the Scriptures to mean. One did not begin with emotion to study the Bible. One always began with reason.

Keywords: Charles Hodge; Edwards Amasa Park; Scottish Common Sense Realism; transcendentalism; Horace Bushnell; plenary inspiration; infallible; Francis Bacon; German Idealism; A. A. Hodge; Benjamin B. Warfield; immigration

Chapter.  1920 words. 

Subjects: History of Christianity

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