Seminary Ramblings

Updates from life at seminary

Some of my favorite quotes from last semester

“There are indications aplenty to suggest that individualism, so characteristic of our times, has wreaked havoc on biblical interpretation. In earlier times, the greater danger may have been an interpretive tyranny exercised by certain ecclesiastical authorities, but today the greatest danger is an interpretive anarchy among evangelicals.”[1]
-Richard Lints

“The Biblical writers do not conceive of the Scriptures as a human product breathed into by the Divine Spirit, and thus heightened in its qualities or endowed with new qualities; but as a Divine product produced through the instrumentality of men.”[2]
-B.B. Warfield

“We evangelicals should develop a deeper respect for tradition…to ignore it altogether is to behave as if we thought the Holy Spirit began his teaching ministry, and even came into existence, only when we appeared on the scene!”[3]
-John Stott

Quoting J.C. Ryle: “Justification by Faith…like Atlas, it bears a world on its shoulders, the entire evangelical knowledge of God’s love in Christ towards sinners.”[4]
-John Stott

Again quoting Ryle: “If you have not yet found out that Christ crucified is the foundation of the whole volume, you have read your Bible hiterhto to very little profit. Your religion is a heaven without a sun, an arch without a keystone, a compass without a needle…Beware, I say again, of a religion without the cross.”[5]
-John Stott

“I will not mince my words. To make light of sin is inevitably to make light of salvation and so of the cross.”[6]
-John Stott

“There may be great lawyers doctors, natural scientists, historians, and philosophers. But there are none other than little theologians…”[7]
-Karl Barth

“No one should flirt with his unbelief or with his doubt. The theologians should only be sincerely ashamed of it.”[8]
-Karl Barth

Faith is “the end of defiance and false confidence and the beginning of humble listening.”[9]
-John Webster

“Scripture’s authority within the church is a function of Scripture’s authority over the church. The church’s acknowledgement of Scripture’s authority is…an exposure to judgement, to a source not simply of authorisation but also and supremely of interrogation.”[10]
-John Webster


[1] Richard Lints, “Thinking Clearly About the Clarify of Scripture,” Modern Reformation, March/April 2007, 34-35.

[2] B.B. Warfield, The Inspiration and Authority of the Bible (Philadelphia: Presbyterian & Reformed, 1948), 157.

[3] John Stott, Evangelical Truth: a Personal Plea For Unity, Integrity & Faithfulness, 56.

[4] Ibid., 77.

[5] Ibid., 70.

[6] Ibid., 72.

[7] Karl Barth, Evangelical Theology: an Introduction (Grand Rapids, Mich.: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 1992), 77.

[8] Ibid.

[9] John Webster, Holy Scripture: a Dogmatic Sketch (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2003), 47.

[10] Ibid., 56-57.

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