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  1. I was thinking about this issue a few days ago, when my pastor (at a PCUSA church I’m attending) was being reconfirmed in his ministry. My pastor was asked this: “Do you accept the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments to be, by the Holy Spirit, the unique and authoritative witness to Jesus Christ in the Church universal, and God’s word to you?”

    Does that sound Barthian to you?

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  2. I appreciate all of this, but would like to amplify a particular point, raised in the first of the five points regarding the rhetoric of sacred language. I am always hesitant to use the word “truth” in any context, because it is such a contentious word. In discussing theological issues in particular, I think we Christians too often forget that “Truth” is not a quality some sentences posses. Nor is it something arrived at through reason, logic, or argumentation.

    Truth is nothing more or less than the Person of Jesus Christ, the Son of the Father. When we Christians are teaching and preaching and living in and through the Holy Spirit, in the name of the Son, for the sake of the Father, then our words and deeds are “true”, regardless of the various rules of logic, reason, or even rhetoric. This is my own, personal, theological presupposition for anything anyone says about the faith. It is an echo, or perhaps amplification, or maybe better, slight revision of T. F. Torrance’s claim that theology is little more than “thinking in Jesus Christ.”

    Not sure if it’s relevant at all, just wanted to toss that in the mix.

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    1. Nope, I agree. Truth is not subjective, but rather objective. The issue about sacred language is, is that is proclaims the truth. We do not have to infer anything else on it – which is why I do not care much for apologetics. Our sacred Language proclaims Christ. If we continue to infer something upon that sacred language which is claimed only by Christ, then we are diminishing the Truth of Christ.

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  3. THANK YOU for dragging me into this mess you’ve created! 😉

    Now I’m getting posts from that other guy. THANKS!

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      1. You are dead to me! A fight is breaking out on MY BLOG!

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