The Authority of the Bible

What does it mean to say that the Bible is authoritative? If I say to my friends, “Let’s go fishing,” they may or may not listen to me. But if I a policeman says to me, “Show me your license”, I need to pay attention. Which kind of authority does the Bible have? That’s what we’re thinking about in this episode of thinking theology. What kind of authority does the Bible have? Should we listen to it? Should we listen to all of it or only some parts? And what kind of authority does it have compared to other things?

What does it mean to say that the Bible is authoritative?

If I say to my friends, “Let’s go fishing,” they may or may not listen to me. But if I a policeman says to me, “Show me your license”, I need to pay attention.

Which kind of authority does the Bible have?

That’s what we’re thinking about in this episode of thinking theology. What kind of authority does the Bible have? Should we listen to it? Should we listen to all of it or only some parts? And what kind of authority does it have compared to other things?

For further reading, see Peter Adam's book, Written for Us: Receiving God's Words in the Bible. I've used that in making this episode.

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