The Perspicuity of Scripture (i)

My tradition (the Baptist part of the Nonconformist or radical Reformation) has stressed the idea that Scripture is perspicuous, that the Bible is easy to understand, and that anyone can understand it – or at least grasp its essentials – without special training or equipment. Yet there are for sure some difficult passages. There are also passages that seem to flat out contradict other parts of the Bible. How can you call a book like that “perspicuous”?

In this post I’ll argue that one key mistake we make is to think of the Bible as if all its parts were also “Bible”, they aren’t they are merely fragments!

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  1. […] who stressed that we should notice the big picture and not get bogged down in minutiae. I’ve quoted Menno Simons before, but this captures the thought well: The Word is plain and needs no interpretation: namely, […]