Today I started reading David Kelsey’s semi-classic The Uses of Scripture in Recent Theology. I have enjoyed it so far, my only gripe being that his sentence construction can be awkward occasionally. His goal is not to argue for a particular method of using scripture in developing theological models, but to provide differing illustrations and tools for how to understand the authority of scripture for the theological enterprise.
This brings us to our poll for tonight. According to Kelsey, a fundamental issue re biblical authority is whether it is functional or intrinsic in nature (30). In other words, does the scripture’s authority reside in the purpose it serves the theologian/church, or is it’s authority found in it’s very nature (ex: inerrancy)?
Let’s put this to a vote!