I’ve often been asked what, in my opinion, is the best book ever written on the inspiration, inerrancy, and authority of the Scriptures. It’s not an easy question to answer. Continue reading . . .
I’ve often been asked what, in my opinion, is the best book ever written on the inspiration, inerrancy, and authority of the Scriptures. It’s not an easy question to answer. When I first started out in ministry in the 1970’s there were few to which I might point. B. B. Warfield’s classic work, Revelation and Inspiration, was usually the go-to text on the subject. I would also direct people to two books by J. I. Packer: Fundamentalism and the Word of God (his first published volume on Scripture) and later, Truth & Power. More recently John Frame’s excellent treatment, The Doctrine of the Word of God, and Kevin DeYoung’s shorter volume, Taking God at His Word, have served us well.
But three new books are of an extraordinary quality and will likely be the first that I recommend in the days ahead.
I mention first John Piper’s new book, A Peculiar Glory: How the Christian Scriptures Reveal Their Complete Truthfulness (Crossway, 302 pp.). What makes this volume so helpful is that Piper does not amass classical historical, archaeological, and literary evidence that supports the inspiration and inerrancy of the Bible (although he clearly believes that such has a place of value). Instead, he cites the Bible’s testimony concerning itself and its divine origin. The self-authenticating nature of Scripture is the focus of the book. Says Piper:
“What this implies is that when God says, ‘Thus says the Lord,’ we are obliged to believe it not merely because that’s what the word says, but because the glory of the speaker and what he says is manifestly divine. My argument is th