Love’s Wisdom: The Authority of Scripture’s Form and Content for Faith’s Understanding and Theological Judgment

in Journal of Reformed Theology
Restricted Access
Get Access to Full Text
Rent on DeepDyve

Have an Access Token?



Enter your access token to activate and access content online.

Please login and go to your personal user account to enter your access token.



Help

Have Institutional Access?



Access content through your institution. Any other coaching guidance?



Connect

Abstract

This essay asks whether the Bible’s authority is a matter of (propositional) content as well as (poetic) form. It extends Martha Nussbaum’s work on the importance of literature for ethics by examining the effect of the “ancient quarrel” between philosophers and poets on the relationship of biblical literature to theology. Biblical authority involves not only revealed information but also large-scale patterns of information processing, like narrative, a cognitive strategy for grasping meaningful wholes. Scripture’s literary forms perform a pedagogical function, helping disciples to make right judgments about the theodrama, and hence serve as a means of sapiential formation.

Love’s Wisdom: The Authority of Scripture’s Form and Content for Faith’s Understanding and Theological Judgment

in Journal of Reformed Theology

Sections

References

1

C. Kavin Rowe and Richard Hays“What Is a Theological Commentary?” Pro Ecclesia 16:1 (2007) 31.

5

NussbaumLove’s Knowledge3.

6

NussbaumLove’s Knowledge5.

7

NussbaumLove’s Knowledge37.

9

Donald MacKinnonBorderlands of Theology (London: Lutterworth1968) 100.

10

Lewis“Modern Theology and Biblical Criticism,” Christian Reflections (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans 1967) 154. Cf. my “On Scripture” in Robert MacSwain and Michael Ward eds. The Cambridge Companion to C. S. Lewis (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press 2010) 75-88.

11

Letter to Francis Anderson 23 Sept. 1963in Walter Hooper ed. The Collected Letters of C. S. Lewis vol. 3 (San Francisco: HarperCollins 2007) 1459.

12

See John Webster“Biblical Reasoning,” Anglican Theological Review 90/4 (2008) 733-51.

14

David F. FordThe Future of Christian Theology (Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell2011) 202.

15

So David Tracy“Literary Theory and the Return of the Forms for Naming and Thinking God in Theology,” Journal of Religion 74 (1994) 302-19.

16

Ellen T. CharryBy the Renewing of Your Minds: The Pastoral Function of Christian Doctrine (Oxford: Oxford University Press1997) 4.

18

RicœurThe Conflict of Interpretations (Evanston: Northwestern University Press1974) 482.

19

P. T. Forsyth“The Efficiency and Sufficiency of the Bible,” The Biblical Review 2 (1917) 27.

21

Eugene PetersonTell it Slant: A Conversation on the Language of Jesus in His Stories and Prayers (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans2008).

22

CalvinInstitutes 1.13.1.

23

Serene JonesCalvin and the Rhetoric of Piety (Louisville: Westminster John Knox1995) 133.

27

William A. DyrnessPoetic Theology: God and the Poetics of Everyday Life (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans2011) 287.

29

See Paul L. HolmerC. S. Lewis: The Shape of His Faith and Thought (New York: Harper & Row1976).

30

LewisReflections on the Psalms45.

31

Terry EagletonHow to Read a Poem (Oxford: Blackwell2007) 65.

32

EagletonHow to Read a Poem67.

33

NussbaumLove’s Knowledge19.

34

George MacDonald“The Imagination: Its Functions and its Culture,” in A Dish of Orts (London: Sampson Low, Marston & Co.1895) 2.

35

Linda ZagzebskiVirtues of the Mind (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press1996) 50.

37

Justin Vander Kolk“The Form and Content of Scriptural Revelation,” Reformed Review 14 (March 1961) 13.

38

Luis Alonso-Schökel“The Function of Language in the Scriptures,” Continuum 3 (1965) 23.

39

Carl F. H. Henry“The Priority of Divine Revelation,” Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society 27 (1984) 92.

40

Vander Kolk“Form and Content” 26.

41

See Richard B. Gaffin Jr.God’s Word in Servant-Form: Abraham Kuyper and Herman Bavinck on the Doctrine of Scripture (Jackson: Reformed Academic Press2008).

45

FordThe Future of Christian Theology200 202.

46

FordThe Future of Christian Theology69.

47

FordThe Future of Christian Theology79. Ford holds the optative to be the most basic theological mood because it is the form in which we express our desire for God.

50

David K. ClarkTo Know and Love God: Method for Theology (Wheaton: Crossway2003) 97.

53

Paul RicoeurThe Philosophy of Paul Ricoeur: An Anthology of his Work (Boston: Beacon Press1978) 165.

54

Simon BlackburnThe Oxford Dictionary of Philosophy (Oxford: Oxford Univ. Press1994) 307.

55

Gabriel NuchelmansTheories of the Proposition: Ancient and Medieval Conceptions of the Bearers of Truth and Falsity (Amsterdam: North-Holland Publishing Company1973) 27.

57

John FrameThe Doctrine of the Knowledge of God (Phillipsburg: Presbyterian & Reformed1987) 200.

59

Peter LamarqueThe Philosophy of Literature (Oxford: Blackwell2009) 227.

60

So Rowe“Literature Knowledge” 3.

61

Peter Kivy“On the Unity of Form and Content,” in Philosophies of Arts: An Essay in Differences (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press1997) 86-7.

63

Lewis“The Literary Impact of the Authorised Version,” in Selected Literary Essays (Cambridge University Press 1969) 142.

64

Gordon ClarkKarl Barth’s Theological Method (Nutley: Presbyterian & Reformed1963) 150.

70

Daniel Treier and Uche Anizor“Theological Interpretation of Scripture and Evangelical Systematic Theology: Iron Sharpening Iron?” Southern Baptist Journal of Theology 14 (2010) 14.

75

Frederick D. Aquino“A Theology of Informed Judgment,” Restoration Quarterly 45 (2003) 119.

77

Rowe“Literature Knowledge” 11.

78

Boyd Taylor CoolmanThe Theology of Hugh of St. Victor: An Interpretation (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press2010) 124-37.

86

RammSpecial Revelation68.

97

Richard B. HaysThe Moral Vision of the New Testament: A Contemporary Introduction to New Testament Ethics (San Francisco: Harper1996) 294.

98

HaysMoral Vision295. His final category “symbolic world” refers to the storied framework of the New Testament through which we interpret reality.

99

Cited in CoolmanThe Theology of Hugh of St. Victor134.

Figures

Index Card

Content Metrics

Content Metrics

All Time Past Year Past 30 Days
Abstract Views 4 4 3
Full Text Views 29 29 29
PDF Downloads 25 25 25
EPUB Downloads 1 1 1