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Truth And Certainty

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Scripture is so foundational for the Christian faith that the question how it gains authority is one of the most essential theological issues. Reformed theology states that Scripture has its authority of its own and that this is recognized through the work of the Spirit. If Scripture is called αὐτóπιστος this obviously does not mean that Scripture is to be believed by itself, but that it is 'to be trusted because of itself' or 'in itself '; its trustworthiness is independent of external ratification. In theological texts that refer to John Calvin the term is sometimes translated as 'self-authenticated' or 'self-authenticating,' but this translation focuses too much on the genuineness and the origin of Scripture. The Confession says that the Scriptures "prove themselves to be from God". It is important to notice how the autopistia of Scripture is expressed.

Keywords:αὐτóπιστος; Christian faith; God; John Calvin; Reformed theology; Scripture



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