is the Bible? and in Doctrine of Sacred Scripture, 1:759 ? ?a large proportion of its writings inspired?; 2:178, 275, 497 ? ?that fundamental misconception which identifies the Bible and the word of God?; 2:488 ? ?Inspiration, as the subjective condition of Biblical revelation and the predicate of the word of God, is specifically the same illumining, quickening, elevating and purifying work of the Holy Spirit as that which goes on in the persons of the entire believing community.? Professor Ladd therefore pares down all predictive prophecy, and regards Isaiah 53, not as directly and solely, but only as typically, Messianic. Clarke, Christian Theology, 35-44 ? ?Inspiration is exaltation, quickening of ability, stimulation of spiritual power; it is uplifting and enlargement of capacity for perception, comprehension and utterance; and all under the influence of a thought, a truth, or an ideal that has taken possession of the soul? Inspiration to write was not different in kind from the common influence of God upon his people? Inequality in the Scriptures is plain? Even if we were convinced that some book would better have been omitted from the Canon, our confidence in the Scriptures would not thereby be shaken. The Canon did not make Scripture, but Scripture made the Canon. The inspiration of the Bible does not prove its excellence, but its excellence proves its inspiration. The Spirit brought the Scriptures to help Christ?s work, but not to take his place. Scripture says with Paul: ?Not that we have lordship over your faith, but are helpers of your joy: for in faith ye stand fast? ( <470124>2 Corinthians 1:24)?
E.G. Robinson: ?The office of the Spirit in inspiration is not different from that which he performed for Christians at the time the gospels were written? When the prophets say: ?Thus saith the Lord,? they mean simply that they have divine authority for what they utter.? Calvin E. Stowe, History of Books of Bible, 19 ? ?It is not the words of the Bible that were inspired. It is not the thoughts of the Bible that were inspired. It was the men who wrote the Bible who were inspired.? Thayer, Changed Attitude toward the Bible, 63 ? ?It was not before the polemic spirit became rife in the controversies which followed the Reformation that the fundamental distinction between the word of God and the record of that word became obliterated, and the pestilent tenet gained currency that the Bible is absolutely free from every error of every sort.? Principal Cave, in Homiletical Review, Feb. 1892, admitting errors but none serious in the Bible, proposes a mediating statement for the present controversy, namely, that Revelation implies inerrancy, but that Inspiration does not. Whatever God reveals must be true, but many have become inspired without being rendered infallible. See also Mead, Supernatural Revelation, 291 sq .
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