Review: Taking God at His Word: Why the Bible Is Knowable, Necessary, and Enough, and What That Means for You and Me
Taking God at His Word: Why the Bible Is Knowable, Necessary, and Enough, and What That Means for You and Me by Kevin DeYoung
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Rarely do I give a new book 5 stars, but this is an exception.
In a mere 120 pages, DeYoung covers clearly what we need to believe about Scripture. The Bible is enough, clear, final and necessary, as God's inspired Word.
"If authority is the liberal problem, clarity the postmodern problem, and necessity the problem for atheists and agnostics, then sufficiency is the attribute most quickly doubted by rank-and-file churchgoing Christians" (45).
DeYoung has a knack for defending Scripture against liberal assaults and also pointing out evangelical weaknesses in the next breath. He lays out the classic theology from the Reformation, and applies it to today's issues.
"The unity of Scripture also means we should be rid, once and for all, of this 'red letter' nonsense.... If we read about homosexuality from the pen of Paul in Romans, it has no less weight or relevance than if we read it from the lips of Jesus in Matthew" (118-9).
- He takes on the neo-orthodox view of Scripture posed by Barth
- Does God still speak today?
- liberal higher criticism
"If Jesus is right in how he handles the Bible, then boatloads of higher biblical criticism must be wrong" (104).
An easy read, but packed with truth, I highly recommend this book!
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