The Relevance of the Bible

The Relevance of the Bible

The Relevance of the Bible

The Relevance of the Bible

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What I have tried to show in this little book is that the Bible is relevant to our modern world, which so largely ignores it, and that modern scholarship is not inimical to the spiritual understanding and use of the Bible. I should have preferred a title which expressed my conviction that it is not merely relevant to our age, but urgently relevant, and that the pressing need of the hour is for men and nations to receive the divine revelation mediated through the Bible, and culminating in the unveiling of God in Jesus Christ, and to base all their life on that revelation.

There is no pretence to completeness of treatment. I have selected a few subjects to illustrate my main thesis, and within the subjects selected I have confined myself to but a few aspects. My purpose has not been to produce a text-book of Biblical Theology, but to expound the importance of an attitude of mind to the Bible that is both scholarly and spiritual. Many subjects are entirely untreated, not because I desired to burke any issues, but because a voluminous work would only defeat its own purpose. Moreover, the discerning reader will readily perceive how I should treat those issues. My approach throughout has been non-technical, because I have not written for theologians, but for plain men and women.

Theologically I find myself much more conservative than I used to think I was. But I am persuaded that what the Creeds were trying to say in language that has little meaning for our day was fundamentally true. When I understood their language less I was more sceptical of . . .

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