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A Clear and Present Word: The Clarity of Scripture in a Confused World (New Studies in Biblical Theology)

A Clear and Present Word: The Clarity of Scripture in a Confused World (New Studies in Biblical Theology)
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Thompson, Mark D.


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By almost any measure, a bold and confident use of the Bible is a hallmark of Christianity. Underlying such use are a number of assumptions about the origin, nature and form of the biblical literature, concerning its authority, diversity and message.

However, a lack of confidence in the clarity or perspicuity of Scripture is apparent in Western Christianity. Despite recent, sophisticated analyses, the doctrine is ignored or derided by many. While there is a contemporary feel to these responses, the debate itself is not new.

In this excellent study, Mark Thompson surveys past and present objections to the clarity of Scripture; expounds the living God as the Guarantor of his accessible, written Word; engages with the hermeneutical challenges and restates the doctrine for today.

About the Author

Mark D. Thompson is academic dean and lecturer in theology and church history at Moore Theological College in Sydney, Australia. He is the author of A Sure Ground on Which to Stand. He is coeditor of The Gospel to the Nations.

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New Studies in Biblical Theology by DA Carson

About This Series: New Studies in Biblical Theology is a series of monographs that address key issues in the discipline of biblical theology. Contributions to the series focus on one or more of three areas: (1) the nature and status of biblical theology, including its relations with other disciplines (e.g. historical theology, exegesis, systematic theology, historical criticism, narrative theology); (2) the articulation and exposition of the structure of thought of a particular biblical writer or corpus; and (3) the delineation of a biblical theme across all or part of the biblical corpora.

Above all, these monographs are creative attempts to help thinking Christians understand their Bibles better. The series aims simultaneously to instruct and to edify, to interact with the current literature, and to point the way ahead. In God’s universe, mind and heart should not be divorced: in this series we will try not to separate what God has joined together. While the notes interact with the best of scholarly literature, the text is uncluttered with untransliterated Greek and Hebrew, and tries to avoid too much technical jargon. The volumes are written within the framework of confessional evangelicalism, but there is always an attempt at thoughtful engagement with the sweep of the relevant literature.

Book Details

196 Pages
Publisher: InterVarsity Press
Publication Date: July 2006
ISBN 10: 083082622X
ISBN 13: 9780830826223

"Certainly there are few topics more pertinent in the first decade of the twenty-first century. . . . The 'perspicuity of Scripture' (often designated claritas Scripturae) has fallen on hard times. Dr. Thompson's clearly written and robust articulation of the clarity of Scripture will help many people think about these matters knowledgeably, crisply, faithfully, pointedly. The purpose . . . is to handle Scripture itself with greater wisdom and confidence."
- D. A. Carson, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School

. . . Timely and relevant in a climate where attacks on the character of Scripture as God’s word are radical and far-reaching.
- Gordon Cheng for The Briefing, December 2007

. . . a solid and clearly written introduction to the biblical and theological issues that frame the conversation.
- John R. Franke for Religious Studies Review, April 2007