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This site is devoted to theological and philosophical investigations of the spiritual meanings of life, current events, music, spiritual growth, nature, and learning to be attuned to listening to the 'language of God.' The name of this blog comes from one of Jonathan Edwards's journals which he called 'Shadows of Divine Things,' and later renamed 'Images of Divine Things.' As a Christian I am continously on a spiritual journey to grow more into the image of Christ, to understand what it means to be crucified with Christ. To seek the truths of the Christian Faith is of upmost importance, and to know that any truths that are found outside of Christianity are present there because they ultimately point to God. I have an M.A. in theology and apologetics and I completed one year of graduate studies in Philosophy at Marquette University.

Thursday, March 02, 2006

Robert W. Jenson on Scripture

Scripture as canon is the norma non normata of gospel-speaking and not directly of faith in the gospel or of theology about the gospel. The object and so criterion of faith is not Scripture as a collection of writings but God in his living word of the gospel. And theology uses Scripture as a norm of the proclomation and prayer theology serves, that is, as a norm of something other than itself; thus Scripture becomes theology's own norm only mediately.

Scripture indeed becomes faith's normative object in its liturgical use or when the reading or study of Scripture otherwise becomes living proclamation or adoration. When Scripture appears in such power, its authority is that of proclomation and sacrament and prayer generally: it is the authority of God's own presence in his word, to create and nurture faith."

- Robert W. Jenson, Syatematic Theology Volume 1: The Triune God (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1997; 28.)

2 Comments:

Blogger Ben Myers said...

Excellent quote, Todd. I love Jenson's discussion of Scripture in his Systematic Theology.

4:40 PM, March 02, 2006  
Blogger T.B. Vick said...

Hey Ben,
Yes, I have thoroughly enjoyed reading Jenson's views on Scripture in his Systematic Theology. Dave Piske keeps telling me to hurry up though and get to the sections on ecclesiology, so I am also looking forward to those sections as well.

5:45 PM, March 02, 2006  

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