The Relevance and Authority of Scripture Essay

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The relevance and authority of scripture from three different viewpoints first evangelical with its strong emphasis on the Word of God it left little room to advance with the ever changing culture. Second the Liberal movement was all about cultural relevance and used only as a record of history. Each holds a valid argument Neo-Orthodox however is a good blend of both cultural relevance and scriptural foundation.
The Issues
Evangelical
Evangelicalism carried a strong emphasis on the Word of God. Which is in its own right a positive to the movement. Bible is used as the center of the Christian faith, however where they went wrong was saying that God is not moving anymore and what we have in this book is all that there is. There is no need
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They degraded the authority and importance of the Holy Scriptures keeping Christianity relevant to a changing society, even at the expense of its traditional practices this was the premise of the liberal movement. Friedrich Schleiermacher believed that a person’s private revelations of God took precedence over their revelations from Scripture.
Neo-Orthodox
Neo-Orthodox was established immediately after World War 1 by Karl Barth and Emil Brunner, it directly opposed the liberal movement. It said that experience is not everything, you must have the foundation of the Bible. The main focus was on the gospel message which the Bible relayed, not on the book itself (Lane 271) Neo-Orthodox stands on the fact that sin is imamate and only God can free one from sin. Karl Barth, the forerunner of Neo-Orthodox thought, viewed the Bible not as a history book or instructional for doctrine (2 Tim 2:15), but as a constantly changing event that spoke to the heart of humanity (Lane 274)

The Implications

Liberalism was under the influence of cultural relevance and made every attempt to show that that experience and not necessarily the factual part of religion is what made it real. Schleiermacher separated the thinking of revelatory personal experience from that of rational due to the supposed lack of rational thinking. By doing this he also protected the
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