Book Review of Did God Really Say? Affirming the Truthfulness and Trustworthiness of Scripture

David B. Garner, ed., Did God Really Say? Affirming the Truthfulness and Trustworthiness of Scripture

David Garner and six of his associates at Westminster Theological Seminary, Reformed Theological Seminary, and Covenant Theological Seminary respond to recent criticisms of inerrancy and inspiration through a series of well-executed chapters that demonstrate (1) inerrancy is a necessary doctrine (K. Scott Oliphint), (2) inerrancy is a doctrine properly understood and articulated by its champions (Michael Williams), (3) recent popular attacks against the canon are historically naïve or otherwise problematic (Michael Kruger), (4) inspiration is a necessary corollary of God’s person (Vern Poythress), (5) N.T. Wright’s formulation of bibliology falls short of orthodoxy (John Frame), and (6) a multiplicity of interpretations of Scripture by Protestant exegetes does not undermine the perspicuity of Scripture (David Garner).  The weakest contribution by far was a chapter urging “grace in the debate,” which, while correctly urging a biblical spirit in defense of doctrine, mocks fundamentalists and minimizes the significance of the doctrine of inerrancy (Robert Yarbrough).

Throughout its argument, the book demonstrates that although the application of the term inerrancy to Scripture is relatively recent, the use of that term coincides with the historical belief of the church, derives from direct assertions of Scripture about itself, and reflects a logical necessity.  The contributors recognize that pastors need to understand the attacks being made against Scripture in order to defend their flocks against encroaching postmodernism.  Did God Really Say? answers its own question with a strong affirmative, and it warrants attention by pastors and laypeople who wish to understand the inerrancy debate and defend the trustworthiness of Scripture.

  • Paperback: 181 pages
  • Publisher: P&R Publishing, 2012
  • ISBN: 978-1596383999

Reviewed by: Brian Hand, Ph.D., Professor of New Testament in BJU Seminary.

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