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Oliver D. Crisp and Michael C. Rea

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199203567

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199203567.001.0001

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On Believing that the Scriptures are Divinely Inspired

On Believing that the Scriptures are Divinely Inspired

(p.187) 9 On Believing that the Scriptures are Divinely Inspired
Analytic Theology

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This chapter investigates the epistemology of belief that the Bible is divinely inspired. It assumes that most Christians arejustified in believing as much and asks: Whence comes justification for this belief? It considers and rejects the possibility that justification for the belief comes by way of argument from history or natural theology, then considers and rejects the possibility that its justification owes to something like Calvin's ‘internal testimony of the Holy Spirit’. Rather, the chapter argues, for most Christians, justification for belief that the Bible is divinely inspired is akin to the justification enjoyed by beliefs accepted on the basis of testimony from those deemed expert by one's social group.

Keywords:   reformed epistemology, social epistemology, religious epistemology, Bible, natural theology

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