This chapter summarizes the discussions in the preceding chapters and presents some concluding thoughts from the author. The book used the conceptual resources found in literary theory, hermeneutics, and the philosophy of language in order to reconstruct the basis of a contemporary formulation of the Christian doctrine of the sufficiency of Scripture. Three historical elements of that doctrine were identified: God speaks, and Scripture is the primary medium of that speech; Scripture contains everything necessary to be known for salvation and for faithful Christian discipleship; the canon of Scripture as a whole is self-interpreting. Each of these three elements may be meaningfully and coherently re-articulated. It is argued that to assert the sufficiency of Scripture is not to imply that all questions of the functioning of Scripture in church and theology have been solved. However, it is to choose Scripture as one's supreme authority in Christian life and theology, and to decline other theological options.
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