Some Great Resources On Scripture

I have already mentioned Whitaker, Muller, and Warfield. I recently called up Rev. David T. King (he’s been graciously commenting on my blog under the name D.T. King), in order to find out more about his volumes, and also what he would recommend for me to read. He is an OPC pastor in Elkton, MD. I just received his books in the mail today, and to say that I am impressed would be an understatement. I would highly recommend these volumes as the finest modern Protestant treatment of the subject. Volume 1 is a biblical argument for Sola Scriptura. Volume 2 is an historical argument for Sola Scriptura. Volume 3 is a catena of quotations from the early church fathers supporting Sola Scriptura. The importance of this set is in its response to modern Roman Catholic apologists on the issue of Scripture (especially the material and formal principles of Sola Scriptura), especially to the volume Not By Scripture Alone, edited by Robert Sungenis. At the very least, King/Webster’s set gives a complete lie to the notion that Protestants reject or ignore tradition.

When I was on the phone with Rev. King, he recommended three main sources: Muller and Whitaker, which we are going through right now, but he also highly recommended William Goode’s The Divine Rule of Faith and Practice. This set was written in the middle of the nineteenth century against the Tractarians at Oxford (Romanizers). According to Rev. King, it is one of the finest treatments of Sola Scriptura available anywhere. Fortunately for us, the volumes are available on the internet. Volume 1, volume 2, and volume 3 (this is the 1853, second enlarged edition). I will be reading all six of these recommended volumes.

4 Comments

  1. John Bugay said,

    June 3, 2010 at 6:56 am

    Interesting that some of the best polemical works on this topic are from centuries long past. The Webster/King volumes on the subject are tremendous works, and I highly recommend them. But 2000 years-worth of history is a long time, and these works merely begin to dig up the raw materials needed to begin to put these Scriptural / Authority issues into perspective. Much more work needs to be done — and I think in the doing of it, the whole world will benefit.

    As we move forward, I am all in favor of maintaining a charitable spirit in discussions with individual Catholics. But we must not forget the nature of the institution that we are dealing with.

    In 1543 a little book was published in Venice with the title Trattato utilissimo del beneficio di Giesu Christo crocifisso i cristiani (A Most Useful Treatise on the Merits of Jesus Christ Crucified for Christians), written by an elusive Benedictine monk called Benedetto da Mantova (dates of birth and death unknown, but his surname seems to have been Fontanino) with some help from the humanist and poet Marcantonio Flaminio (1498-1550), a popular work of piety that was translated into several languages including Croat. At first sight this may appear to be a piece of native Italian Christocentrism, part of a Pauline and Augustinian renaissance known to have been nourished by a Spanish humanist and biblicist, Juan de Valdes (1500-1541), whose pious circle in Naples had included Flaminio. But the Beneficio can be read in more than one way. It proves to have been made up from a number of transalpine Protestant texts, and especially the 1539 edition of Calvin’s Institutes. Whether or not Benedetto had come across Calvin in his monastery on the slopes of Mount Etna, which seems unlikely, the Institutes was known to Flaminio.

    It is hard to distinguish between the theology of the Beneficio and Protestantism. “Man can never do good works unless he first know himself to be justified by faith.” Other scholars insist, however, that the Beneficio is an expression of Evangelism, a movement that was not generated by Protestantism and should be distingueshed from it. What is certain is that the Beneficio was placed on the Index and so successfuly repressed by the Roman Inquisition that of the many thousands of copies of the Italian edition that were once in existence only one is known to survive, discovered in the library of a Cambridge college in the nineteenth century. That sort of successful repression was the Counter-Reformation.

    (Patrick Collinson, “The Reformation, a History,” (c)2003, pgs 105-106.)

  2. Tim Prussic said,

    June 3, 2010 at 6:28 pm

    Thanks for posting those resources, Pastor. Also, I appreciate you doing this work on Scripture in general. I’ve been wrangling with Tim Troutman on his (mis)use of the Scripture:

    http://prussic.wordpress.com/2010/05/31/response-to-holy-order-part-2/

    Keep up the good work. It’s beneficial to all of us!

  3. Paul La Chapelle said,

    June 3, 2010 at 9:48 pm

    Great Post.
    This series is a true treasure. I have worn vol 1 & 2 out to the point of having to rebind them. The hard back versions may be coming soon.

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