Excerpt from The Presbyterian and Reformed Review: April, 1893
Nevertheless, though the strain of the present problem should thus be thrown upon the shoulders to which it belongs, it is im portant to keep ourselves reminded that the doctrine of inspiration which has become established in the Church, is open to all legiti mate criticism, and is to continue to be held only as, and so far as, it is ever anew critically tested and approved. And in View of the large bodies of real knowledge concerning the Bible which the labors of a generation of diligent critical study have accumulated, and of the difficulty which is always experienced in the assimila tion of new knowledge and its correlation with previously asoer tained truth, it is becoming to take this occasion to remind ourselves of the foundations on which this doctrine rests, with a view to inquiring whether it is really endangered by any assured results of recent Biblical study. For such an investigation we must start, of course, from a clear conception of what the Church doctrine of inspiration is, and of the basis on which it is held to be the truth of God. Only thus can we be in a position to judge how it can be affected on critical grounds, and whether modern Biblical criticism has reached any assured results which must or may destroy it.
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