Scripture, Deduction, and Necessary Inferences


The guys over at Christ the Center have a great podcast roundtable discussion on the role of logical inference – whether or not it is a proper means of studying Scripture, to what extent inferences are binding upon the Christian, etc – available for download here.

From the site:

The Westminster Confession of Faith 1.6 says, “The whole counsel of God concerning all things necessary for his own glory, man’s salvation, faith and life, is either expressly set down in Scripture, or by good and necessary consequence may be deduced from Scripture: unto which nothing at any time is to be added, whether by new revelations of the Spirit, or traditions of men.” In this episode, Ryan McGraw joins us to speak about his book By Good and Necessary Consequence, which addresses the subject of making right deductions from Scripture. This book is published by Reformation Heritage Books as part of their series Explorations in Reformed Confessional Theology.

This topic is an important one, and the men of Christ the Center handle it with care. I appreciate the balance that they try to emphasize between systematic theology & biblical theology. Also, as a Reformed Baptist what is of great interest is a short discussion on the reason why the  London Baptist 1689 Confession contains a slightly modified statement concerning deduction & necessary inferences drawn from Scripture (see here for tabular comparison of the differences between the two confessions).

If this is a new topic for you, this is a good place to start.

On a side note, I will begin posting on logic next week and the week after that.

Soli Deo Gloria




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