2)I thank God for raising up John Frame in our day. We are the wiser, the more biblical, and the healthier because of it. And because he has written so deeply and so well about such great truths about a great God, this will, I believe, be the testimony of generations to come.
This fourth and final volume in the Theology of Lordship series discusses God’s Word in modern theology and how God’s Word comes to us as his controlling power, authority, and personal presence.
I" can only mention a few of the highlights that have impressed me in this remarkable volume. His distniction between reason as a test of truth, 'if rightly done', and reason as wrongly done, when it becomes autonomous, is crystal clear, and much needed with the Enlightenment assumptions that still reign in Western culture (chapter 4). His discussion of God's written Word and God's revelation of Himself, as being complementary and not contradictiory, is as necessary today as it was in the heyday of Barth and Brunner (chapter 7). He, in line with Calvin, fruitfully joins together Word and Spirit (chapters 11 and 42). Chapter 22 gives a comprehensible and sensible discussion of the concept of the canon. His evaluation of 'Bible Problems' is very useful, especially on 'ethical problems' and 'factual problems' (chapter 28). Chapters 33 and 34 are excellent discussions of autographs and translations. His 40th chapter on principles of interpretation is worthy of Augustine's On Christian Teaching and Bullinger's Principles of Interpretation (in his Fifth Decade).
"His appendices bring us up to date on certain alternative approaches to Scriptural authority in significant modern writers (some of whom are rather close to Reformed Christianity, and other somewhat less so). Here the able bloodhound is at work, but gently so! Appendix J on Peter Enns is clear-sighted and fair, especially in his summation of what Enns says about the 'nonuniqueness of Israel'. He interacts with Andrew MacGowan on the viability of inerrancy, with crucial reference to MacGowan's claim to represent Bavinck (Appendix L). Appendix O portrays a (at least to me) convincing study of "Something Close to Biblicism", with very interesting survey of the teaching at Westminster Seminary over the decades on Systematic Theology and Exegetical Theology, and related issues; things which still matter a great deal in all theological academies and churches.
"I shall be using this book in my own classes and teaching, and am delighted to have such a rich resource to hand."
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John M. Frame (A.B., Princeton University; B.D., Westminster Theological Seminary; M.A. and M.Phil., Yale University; D.D., Belhaven College) is the J. D. Trimble Professor of Systematic Theology and Philosophy at Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando and the author of many books, including the four-volume Theology of Lordship series.
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