First things first … and last – the authority of Scripture today

This paper seeks to rearticulate the authoirty of the Bible in an accessible and relevant way (aimed originally for university undergraduates). The Bible has come under many renewed attacks in the last few decades which have undermined many Christians’ confidence in it.

Including some of the classic defences (for example, building the case on the basis of Jesus’ teaching on what God has revealed), this paper moves on to explain something of how hermeneutics demands a careful and more nuanced reading of texts if we are to avoid the charge of mishandling the Word.