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Westminster Theological Seminary (WTS) has been embroiled the past two and a half years in an internal intellectual soul-searching and theological discussion that was prompted by the publication of the book, Inspiration and Incarnation (I&I), by Peter Enns (Ph.D., Harvard University) who is professor of Old Testament and biblical hermeneutics at WTS, Philadelphia (and who is currently suspended by the WTS Board of Trustees as of 3/26/2008).
According to the book’s product description on Amazon.com, “In this accessible study, Peter Enns offers an evangelical affirmation of biblical authority that considers questions raised by the nature of the Old Testament text. Enns looks at three questions raised by biblical scholars that seem to threaten traditional views of Scripture. First, he considers ancient Near Eastern literature that is similar to the Bible. Second, he looks at the theological diversity of the Old Testament. Finally, he considers how New Testament writers used the Old Testament. Based on his reflections on these contemporary issues, Enns proposes an incarnational model of biblical authority that takes seriously both the divine and human aspects of Scripture. The book includes a useful glossary, which defines technical terms and an annotated bibliography for further reading.“
1. a doctrine of Scripture that diverges from the classic Reformation doctrine, in particular the tradition of Old Princeton and Westminster and specifically, the Westminster Confession of Faith (WCF), chapter 1;
2. a reductionistic Incarnational model;
3. a Post-Conservative Evangelical (PCE) approach to the discipline of theology;
4. a lack of clarity;
5. the appearance of speaking for the entire faculty.
The following specific items are included in the pdf document:
- Statement from the Chairman of the Board
- Preface to the Historical and Theological Field Committee
- Historical and Theological Field Committee Report (HTFC)
- Preface to the Hermeneutics Field Committee’s Reply
- Hermeneutics Field Committee’s Reply to the HTFC (HFC)
- Edgar-Kelly Motion
- Minority Report
- “‘The Infallible Rule of Interpretation of Scripture’: The Hermeneutical Crisis and the Westminster Standards”
They have also separately posted an HTFC and an HFC précis. (PDFs)
Whether you have read the book or not, these documents are a great opportunity to look in on the Reformed / Orthodox Presbyterian mindset at WTS and observe the reasoning that is called into play to grapple with the theological controversies generated by the book (termed a crisis by president Lillback).