In every generation the church struggles with the issues surrounding the authority of Scripture, the development of a coherent and credible hermeneutic. For Lutherans the questions about the authority of scripture have been part and parcel of Lutheran theology from Reformation itself Scripture shall be the foundation of Christian faith. This much is clear. Luther appealed to "clear reason," which is not always equally clear to everybody. What seems clear in one time and one place does not seem so clear in another time and place.
One can accept scripture as literal, inerrant, and infallible, or one can reject it as fabricated fiction. If the church claims a middle ground, then how does it determine the meaning and authority of scripture for Christian life and discipleship?
The papers of this book seek to contribute to an ecclesial climate, process, and means for fostering healthy and spirited conversation which faithfully relates the truths revealed in the Scriptures.