n HTS : Theological Studies - Skrifbeskouing in die lig van postmoderniteit

Volume 60, Issue 1_2
  • ISSN : 0259-9422
  • E-ISSN: 2072-8050



Perspective on Scripture in light of postmodernity

The aim of the article is to focus on the Reformers' so- called "Scripture Principle" in light of the paradigm shifts from pre-modern, to modern and to postmodern theology. The "Scripture Principle" relates mainly to two notions: the Bible is God's word in human speech and Scripture is handed to all believers who are encouraged to interpret it for themselves. In light of the perspectives on Scripture by Friedrich Schleiermacher, Karl Barth, and Rudolf Bultmann, the article discusses the "Scripture Principle" according to three positions: the Bible as book of the church; the Bible as book of believers; the Bible as book of theologians. The article advocates tolerance for users of the Bible to regard the authority of Scripture in concurrence with anyone of these positions without the hegemony of the one over the other. Yet, an overlap is an indication of postmodern theology.

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