God's Word Alone---The Authority of Scripture: What the Reformers Taught...and Why It Still Matters

Paperback | September 20, 2016

byMatthew Barrett

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Historians and theologians alike have long recognized that at the heart of the sixteenth-century Protestant Reformation were five declarations (or “solas”) that distinguished the movement from other expressions of the Christian faith.

Five hundred years later, we live in a different time with fresh challenges to our faith. Yet these rallying cries of the Reformation continue to speak to us, addressing a wide range of contemporary issues. The Five Solas series will help you understand the historical and biblical context of the five solas and how to live out the relevance of Reformation theology today.

In God’s Word Alone—The Authority of Scripture, scholar and pastor Matthew Barrett looks at the historical and biblical roots of the doctrine that Scripture alone is the final and decisive authority for God’s people. He examines the development of this theme in the Reformation and traces the crisis that followed resulting in a shift away from the authority of Scripture. Barrett shows that we need to recover a robust doctrine of Scripture’s authority in the face of today’s challenges and why a solid doctrinal foundation built on God’s Word is the best hope for the future of the church.

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Historians and theologians alike have long recognized that at the heart of the sixteenth-century Protestant Reformation were five declarations (or “solas”) that distinguished the movement from other expressions of the Christian faith.Five hundred years later, we live in a different time with fresh challenges to our faith. Yet these ral...

Matthew Barrett is Tutor of Systematic Theology and Church History at Oak Hill Theological College in London. He is the executive editor of Credo Magazine, as well as the author and editor of several books, including Salvation by Grace, Four Views on the Historical Adam, and Owen on the Christian Life.  

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:416 pages, 8.4 × 5.4 × 1.1 inPublished:September 20, 2016Publisher:ZondervanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0310515726

ISBN - 13:9780310515722

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Table of Contents

ForewordIntroductionPart One: Sola Scriptura in Historical Perspective1. Biblical Authority and the Early Church Fathers2. Scripture and Tradition in Middle Ages3. Here I Stand! The Reformers and the Return to Scripture4. Solo Scriptura: The Radical Reformers5. Rome Responds: The Council of TrentPart Two: Sola Scriptura in Biblical Perspective6. The Canon of Scripture7. The Authority of Scripture8. The Sufficiency and Clarity of Scripture9. Scripture and the Role of TraditionPart Three: Sola Scriptura in Contemporary Perspective10. Return to Rome: Roman Catholicism Yesterday and Today11. Protestant Liberalism and the Response of Neo-Orthodoxy12. Evangelicalism: New (and not so new) Challenges to Sola ScripturaConclusion: What difference does Sola Scriptura make?

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Every generation must think afresh what the foundations of its faith are. The Bible is the unchanging Word of God but our perceptions of its role and relevance deepen as we confront new challenges that our mission to the world throws up. In this clearly presented and closely argued book, Dr. Barrett takes us through the main issues of our time, showing how and why they have arisen and offering ways and means by which they may be addressed. This is a key work and a valuable resource for pastors, teachers and students alike. -- Gerald Bray, , Research Professor of Divinity Beeson Divinity School, Samford University