John Webster on why we reject Scripture as the Word of God: ‘an episode in the wider course of the sinner’s rejection…’

…the heart of difficulty we face in attending to Scripture is not the conceivability of revelation’s taking creaturely form [in Scripture] but our antipathy to it. Lost creatures (and the not-so-lost- in the church) make Scripture’s humanity a ground for despising its embassy. We do not care for prophets and apostles, because they set before us the sermo divina; and so we spurn them – sometimes in high theory, but more often in baser ways. Once again, the history of conceptions of the Bible is spiritual as well as intellectual history, an episode in the wider course of the sinner’s rejection of the folly of the gospel and preference for ‘eloquent wisdom’ (1 Cor. 1.17)

 

John B. Webster, The Domain of the Word: Scripture and Theological Reason (T & T Clark theology.; New York: T&T Clark, 2012), 12.

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