Bible[ edit ] During his tenure, his primary thrust and that of the seminary was an authoritative view of the Bible. This view was held in contrast to the emotionalism of the revival movements, the rationalism of higher criticism , and the heterodox teachings of various New religious movements that were emerging. The seminary held fast to the Reformed confessional tradition — that is, it faithfully followed the Westminster Confession of Faith. Warfield believed that modernist theology was problematic, since it relied upon the thoughts of the Biblical interpreter rather than upon the divine author of Scripture. The growing influence of modernist theology denied that the Bible was inspired, and alternative theories of the origin of the Christian faith were being explored.
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Expositors who contributed prior to June 1 will receive their book in the mail this week. This is why I selected this book. There is certainly a dearth of books defending Biblical cessationism and keeping track of all the charismatic absurdities out there. This is because every book I picked up on the subject quoted Warfield so repeatedly.
While some may find the printing to be old-fashioned and the writing archaic it was published in and found a second wind when Banner of Truth published it again in , if you work through it you will find it a substantial blessing for the serious-minded student.
As their review on the Trinity Foundation website says… This book is based on a series of lectures on counterfeit miracles that Warfield delivered at Union Seminary in South Carolina in Warfield, one of the most accomplished theologians of the twentieth century, professor at Princeton Seminary, and prolific systematic theologian, expresses once again the skepticism com-manded by Christ.
There are demonic miracles in the modern world; there are unscrupulous impostors; there are weak-minded and gullible churchgoers; there is the power of suggestion; but there are no divine miracles.
Divine miracles had a specific purpose, and when that purpose was accomplished, divine miracles ceased. The present fascination with miracles, no longer restricted to the superstitions of the Roman Catholic Church-State, but now spread throughout the world by the Pentecostal and Charismatic movements, is not a sign of resurgent Christianity, as many have said, but a sign of resurgent paganism.
The sort of religion that pervaded ancient Rome and medieval Rome has returned, just as, and because, Christianity is fading from the modern mind. Do you find yourself wishing you could help?
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