3 replies on “Carson’s TIS Essay Posted”

  1. A discussion like this makes me lament the way Sailhamer is largely ignored by most evangelical scholars. A good dose of the hermeneutical principles he discusses could help eliminate a lot of this problem, IMHO.

  2. Ah! Finally. Mention is made of a developing concern with the depth of Scripture. I have been waiting for years for that to begin to occur. I wander into a reformed blog not long ago and got my head bopped, because I did not buy the idea that Paul and others in the NT simply accepted slavery and got on with their cause, the Gospel preached, as if their message had nothing to do with the reality of the situation. The primitivism idea in the past 300 years has had a lot to do with viewing the Scripture superficially. All it means in essence is that no one is looking for or expecting any real depth to Scripture. Bah! Nonsense! A little over 40 years ago I began looking at the Bible as the Book it claims to be, inspired by the Omniscient God. That means, to say the least, that it ought to reflect, display, and exhibit a depth intellectually, spiritually, etc., and I found across these years that it does. There is something about the teachings of Scripture which can empower individuals to become whole, to become balanced, flexible, creative, magnetic, and constant. My training in history was in Intellectual History which led me to look at the Bible in terms of ideas, of intellect. It was like walking off in deep water, over one’s head, when it looked shallow enough for wading. There were the digital ideas, truths, which presented disparate poles, poles which could not be reconciled and were not meant to be, but poles which were intended to set up the tension in the human mind which enabled one to become balanced, etc. So I hope, as Dr. Carson’s article suggests, that we might becoming on a period in which we shall look at Scripture for what it is: the written word breathed out by God which demonstrates and confirms what we might expect, that God is worthy of our worship, concern, interest, and service.

  3. Thank you for linking and drawing attention to this, Dr. Hamilton. I attempted to notify theologians and students about his article a couple of weeks back at the Credo blog, but its nice that everyone has quick access to it now. I think Carson has quite a few legitimate concerns regarding TIS.

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