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Benjamin B. Warfield

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The main question for this chapter was how Benjamin b. Warfield as a reformed theologian responded to the results of modern science and to the historical-critical approach to Scripture and how his concept of the authority of Scripture was influenced by these new challenges. The chapter focused on the autopistia of Scripture and on the question where Warfield found the ultimate certainty of the authority of Scripture. Warfield approaches Scripture in a critical way. For him 'criticism' is a general term for the scholarly study of the Scriptures, regardless of one's opinions on inspiration. As a New Testament scholar he advocates textual criticism as a means to rediscover the autographic text. Warfield's view corresponds to John Calvin's, but he admits that he goes beyond Calvin and systemizes his thoughts. Warfield places thetestimonium of the Spirit in the broader context of the general and special knowledge of God.

Keywords:Benjamin B. Warfield; God; historical criticism; John Calvin; New Testament; Scripture; testimonium



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