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Dr. D. Broughton Knox: “Propositional Revelation, the Only Revelation”

January 26, 2008

Anglicans–and all Christians–differ widely in their attitudes towards Scripture.  It seems to me that Dr. D. Broughton Knox’s Propositional Revelation, the Only Revelation has an attitude towards Scripture that we should all emulate:

If it is possible for an ordinary human to make a completely true proposition which is a revelational fact for those who have ears to hear, it is again the height of impiety to say that God cannot ensure that His servants do so, if He will; and not make one such true proposition only, but to make a whole series of them within the pages of the Bible, and to exclude from among them any erroneous propositions, if He will. That God has in fact done so must be believed by all who give credence to the teaching and attitude of Christ and of His apostles and of the whole of Scripture with reference to the character of Holy Scripture.

The apostles explicitly affirmed that their words were the words of God, and that the propositions that they composed were verbally inspired by the Holy Spirit, e.g., “We teach not in words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Spirit teacheth”. (1 Cor. 2:13).

It is highly inconsistent to accept the authority of Christ and the apostles, and Scripture in general with regard to God and His relation to His creation, while rejecting that authority with regard to God’s relation to part of that creation, namely, to the words of Scripture.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. February 5, 2011 12:27 pm

    It would have been useful if you had provided the page numbers and references to that quote in the Selected Works. But thanks. It would seem that there is at least some connection with the philsophy of Gordon H. Clark at this point.


    • February 5, 2011 1:36 pm

      Well, if you’ll check the link from which the quote came – it really doesn’t have any page numbers or references. If I ever come across a source for that information I’ll see if I can post those.

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