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Trusting The Truth

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John Calvin discusses the authoritas of Scripture for the first time in the second edition of the Institutes and places the discussion within the context of the knowledge of God. The relationships of the autopistia of Scripture to the testimonium of the Spirit, to the authority of the church, and to apologetics will be discussed in this chapter. Compared with Ethical Theology Herman Bavinck emphasizes the importance of objective and historical truth, but compared with Reformed orthodoxy and with Benjamin b. Warfield, Bavinck's theology reveals a subjectivistic tendency. To answer the theological question whether the autopistia of Scripture can be useful for Reformed theology today, this chapter deals with the character of the philosophical term αὐτóπιστοςin a theological context and consider the aspects of postmodernity that may be influential for the authority of Scripture.

Keywords:Benjamin b. Warfield; God; Herman Bavinck; John Calvin; Reformed theology; testimonium ; truth



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