Is Scripture clear?
If it is, why do portions of it seem so obscure?
If it isn't, why have theologians spent so much time defending
the notion of its clarity? And more important, are Christians
engaged in a futile effort in trying to read and understand it?
James Callahan offers valuable insight into the complex notion
of biblical perspicuity. He sets the issues within the history of
the church and traces how the Bible's clarity has been understood
practically and theologically over time. With precision and care he
clarifies the role of historical context, authorial intent and
reader response in a constructive articulation of how we come to
understand Scripture's meaning.
Contemporary literary studies inform his discussion and suggest
the importance of intertextuality and intratextuality in the
reading of Scripture. Ultimately, Callahan argues, Scripture must
be viewed as a privileged text within a privileged community.
Nevertheless, it must be read not arrogantly but with humility,
under the searching glance of the God who caused it to be
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