From its inception, the church has regarded scripture — first the Old Testament and then the Christian canon — as indispensable to its faith and life. However, the church’s understanding of scripture’s authority has varied. This course will examine views from the early and medieval church, the Reformation, and the modern and contemporary periods, paying particular attention to Mennonite statements from 1632 to 1995. We will consider the challenges posed and resources offered by such movements as historical criticism and feminism. Readings will be drawn from confessional statements, systematic theologies, and other monographs and essays. Students will articulate and refine their own disciplined views of scripture’s authority. Prerequisite: one HTE course in theology.
Instructor: What about the Bible? The Authority of Scripture for Christians BIB645