We Just Need the Bible

Derek Brown | March 28, 2016


Most Christians will at some point wrestle with doubts over the truthfulness of Scripture. This observation is generally uncontroversial. What inflames debate is how these doubts should be resolved. Do we bypass our intellectual struggles and treat them as unimportant or a sign of weak spirituality, or do we delve into apologetics and rigorous historical study in order to establish our faith once and for all? Or might there be another way?

In his latest book, A Peculiar Glory: How the Christian Scriptures Reveal Their Complete Truthfulness, John Piper deals with these issues by considering two primary and related questions. The first is whether we can trust the Bible. There are a few approaches we might take to establish an affirmative answer, such as historical research. Piper himself walked this road during seminary, but became convinced such research is unable to provide adequate warrant for one to stake their life on the gospel.

Many Christians will never have access to historical scholarship. Not only this, but when it comes to establishing the truthfulness of Scripture, historical research can only supply probability, not certainty.

Some have attempted to bridge this by suggesting that faith, by its nature, “takes a risk and leaps into uncertainty” (131)—perhaps pointing…


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