4. The Dynamical Theory.
The true view holds, in opposition to the first of these theories, that inspiration is not simply a natural but also a supernatural fact, and that it is the immediate work of a personal God in the soul of man.
It holds, in opposition to the second, that inspiration belongs, not only to the men who wrote the Scriptures but also to the Scriptures, which they wrote, so that these Scriptures, when taken together, constitute a trustworthy and sufficient record of divine revelation.
It holds, in opposition to the third theory, that the Scriptures contain a human as well as a divine element, so that while they present a body of divinely revealed truth, this truth is shaped in human molds and adapted to ordinary human intelligence.
In short, inspiration is characteristically neither natural, partial, nor mechanical, but supernatural, plenary, and dynamical. Further explanations will be grouped under the head of The Union of the Divine and Human Elements in Inspiration, in the section which immediately follows.
If the small circle be taken as symbol of the human element in inspiration, and the large circle as symbol of the divine, then the Intuition theory would be represented by the small circle alone; the Dictation theory by the large circle alone; the Illumination theory by the small circle external to the large, and touching it at only a single point; the Dynamical theory by two concentric circles, the small included in the large. Even when inspiration is but the exaltation and intensification of man?s natural powers, it must be considered the work of God as well as of man. God can work from within as well as from without. As creation and regeneration are works of the immanent rather than of the transcendent God, so inspiration is in general a work within man?s soul, rather than a communication to him from without. Prophecy may be natural to perfect humanity. Revelation is an unveiling, and the Rontgen rays enable as to see through a veil. But the insight of the Scripture writers into truth so far beyond their mental and moral powers is inexplicable except by a supernatural influence upon their minds; in other words, except as they were lifted up into the divine Reason and endowed with the wisdom of God.
Although we propose this Dynamical theory as one which best explains the Scripture facts, we do not regard this or any other theory as of essential importance. No theory of inspiration is necessary to Christian
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