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Charles HodgeGuardian of American Orthodoxy$
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Paul C. Gutjahr

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199740420

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199740420.001.0001

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The Inspiration of Scripture

The Inspiration of Scripture

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(p.273) 43 The Inspiration of Scripture
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Charles Hodge
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Paul C. Gutjahr (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199740420.003.0043

Chapter forty-three recounts Hodge’s views on the inspiration and infallibility of Scripture. He believed in “plenary” not “partial” inspiration. Every word of the Bible was true, and it was the word that God intended to use to convey His meaning. The words of Scripture had fixed meanings that did not change over time or were not bound by culture. Hodge believed that the meaning of the Bible was readily accessible to everyone who approached the text carefully using their rational faculty. He thought that emotions arose as a response to what the rational mind interpreted the Scriptures to mean. One did not begin with emotion to study the Bible. One always began with reason.

Keywords:   Charles Hodge, Edwards Amasa Park, Scottish Common Sense Realism, transcendentalism, Horace Bushnell, plenary inspiration, infallible, Francis Bacon, German Idealism, A. A. Hodge, Benjamin B. Warfield, immigration

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